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Lilas and Shery, co-founders and guitarists of the Middle East's first all-female metal band, wrestle with friendship, sexuality and destruction in their pursuit of becoming thrash metal rock stars. (NR, 79 min.)


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SIRENS intimately chronicles the lives and music of Slave to Sirens, a band made up of five young metalheads whose burgeoning fame is set against the backdrop of the Lebanese revolution. Its members wrestle with friendship, sexuality, and destruction as their music serves as a refuge to Beirut’s youth culture.
At the band’s core are its two founding members, Lilas Mayassi and Shery Bechara, whose complicated relationship and subsequent tense fallout threatens the very fabric of the band. An even greater looming threat, however, is Lebanon’s criminalization of homosexuality, as well as the wholly devastating effects of their country’s political regime.
Despite their obvious challenges, the members of Slave to Sirens persist in trying to create a revolution of their own: living their truth.

Starring: Shery Bechara, Alma Doumani, Lilas Mayassi
Director: Rita Baghdadi
Languages: English, Arabic
Genre(s): Music, Documentary

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"So rhythmic and well-edited that you could mistake it for a carefully plotted scripted film."

— Alissa Wilkinson, Vox

"The ending, in which the reunited Sirens play before an enthusiastic crowd, is heart-tugging and rousing, even for non-metal heads."

— Glenn Kenny, The New York Times

"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

"Produced by Maya Rudolph and Natasha Lyonne, Sirens is as cool as you might expect when you read the logline 'first all-female metal band from the Middle East.'"

— Esther Zuckerman, Thrillist

"Lyrical coming-of-age tales are a dime a dozen at Sundance, where 'Sirens' premiered at the beginning of the year, but few such films are as impressive as this one."

— Lena Wilson, TheWrap

"Sirens is a likable crowdpleaser about the intersection of gender, sexuality and aggressively loud music in a culture that isn't always open to deviations from the norm."

— Dan Fienberg, Hollywood Reporter

"Baghdadi has harnessed something truly special. Like its fractious characters, Sirens is both humble and arresting, relatable and unique. It will stay with you long after the band has played their final chords."

— Lena Wilson, TheWrap

"Baghadi and lead editor Grace Zahrah piece together the footage into a collage of yearning, ambition, and what can only be called gumption. It's inspirational, of course, but it's also thoughtful and meditative."

— Sheila O'Malley,