Sirens (2022) – Helsinki International Film Festival - Love & Anarchy

Kasarmikatu 46-48, 00130 Helsinki
Savoy Theatre

It’s hard to imagine any metal band ever had as much to be angry about as Slave to Sirens, the unlikely subjects of Rita Baghdadi’s dynamic new documentary Sirens. Based in the outskirts of Beirut, it’s safe to say the five-woman thrash metal band is the first of its kind in Lebanon, let alone the Middle East. Even if you’re not a huge metal fan, you can’t help but bop to the screeching vocals and thrumming guitar riffs, if not in pleasure then in amazement at the sheer moxie of these young radicals. (…) With the band’s headstrong co-founders leading their tale, Sirens is a powerful reminder that punk isn’t dead if you know where to look.

Jude Dry, Indiewire

Rita Baghdadi centers her story – which is so rhythmic and well-edited that you could mistake it for a carefully plotted scripted film – on the relationship between the band’s co-founders, Lilas and Sherry, and the ways their relationship echoes challenges they’re living through. Unrest in Beirut, family tensions, and the physical danger that queer women like them face in their country make for a tumultuous life, and they rely on one another and on the issues they address in their music to maintain hope for a better future.

Alissa Wilkinson, Vox

Theme: Hear Me Roar!
Country: Lebanon
Director: Rita Baghdadi
Screenplay: Rita Baghdadi
Starring: Shery Bechara, Lilas Mayassi
Production: Rita Baghdadi, Camilla Hall / Animal Pictures, Endless Eye Productions, Lady & Bird Films
Duration: 79 min
Age limit: K16

Language: Arabic, English
Subtitles: English
Distribution: NonStop Entertainment
Cinematography: Rita Baghdadi
Music: Jean-Baptiste de Laubier
Sound: Beso Kacharava