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SIRENS intimately chronicles the lives and music of Slave to Sirens, Lebanon’s first all-female metal band whose burgeoning fame is set against the backdrop of the Lebanese revolution. Its five 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.
Dir. Rita Baghdadi | USA/Lebanon | 2022 | 79 min. | NR | DCP
In Arabic and English with English subtitles
Source: The Belcourt Theatre