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Rita Baghdadi

Sirens (سايرنز)

Sound and Vision 78' - 2022 - Documentary - Dialogue: Arabic, English
Director: Rita Baghdadi Composer: Para One, Jean-Baptiste de Laubier With: Shery Bechara, Lilas Mayassi
Sirens has been piling up awards since it premiered at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year. The film tells the story of the Lebanese trash metal band Slave To Sirens, which consists exclusively of women.
"Metal is all about sacrifice." The five musicians of Slave To Sirens, who defy conformity in society, are in complete agreement about this. Lebanon is known as the most progressive country in the Middle East, but even there it's not easy for five women to play in a metal band. Certainly not if you belong to the lgbtq+ community, like Lilas Mayassi and Shery Bechara. The two guitarists of the band once had a relationship and the break-up is still palpable. But in Sirens, director Rita Baghdadi concentrates on the band's struggle against prejudice, and especially on the passion that keeps the fire burning in the quintet. Baghdadi also has a fine eye for the bustling, noisy and demanding city that it Beirut. Sirens, filmed partly after the city's horrific port incident, is an ode to undaunted perseverance.
“Trying to make it in the music industry is hard enough, but when you're the only all-woman thrash metal band in the Middle East, it's even harder. In the documentary Sirens, the group known as Slave To Sirens has to deal with the struggles of their people in the tumultuous and unraveling city of Beirut.” - Slash Film

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Credits

Director

Rita Baghdadi

Composer

Para One, Jean-Baptiste de Laubier

With

Shery Bechara, Lilas Mayassi

Scenario

Rita Baghdadi

Director of Photography

Rita Baghdadi

Editor

Grace Zahrah, Jennifer Tiexiera

Producer

Rita Baghdadi, Camilla Hall

Production studios

Animal Pictures

Distributor

MOOOV

More information

Dialogue

Arabic, English

Countries of production

United States of America, Lebanon

Year

2022

Filmography

Rita Baghdadi
Not So Namaste (short, 2014), Moms (short, 2014), Use of Force (short, 2015), Saving the Bolsa Chica Wetlands (short, 2016), My Country No More (2018), InHospitable (2021), 'Twas the Fight Before Christmas (2021), Sirens (2022)

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