First show: October 14
“Sirens is a powerful reminder that punk isn’t dead if you know where to look.” – INDIEWIRE
WINNER – Grand Jury Award for Outstanding Documentary Feature, Outfest 2022
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.
Directed by Rita Baghdadi, 2022. Lebanon. In Arabic with English subtitles. Runtime 79 min.
“Utterly charming” – HOLLYWOOD REPORTER
“Deeply moving” – ROGER EBERT.COM
“A bold rebellion” – COLLIDER
“Sparkling, live-wire chemistry” – PASTE MAGAZINE
“Baghdadi captures something inspiring” – VARIETY
“so rhythmic and well-edited that you could mistake it for a carefully plotted scripted film” – VOX
WINNER – One in a Million Documentary Award, Sun Valley Film Festival 2022
WINNER – Special Jury Award for Courage in Filmmaking, Florida Film Festival 2022
WINNER – Mermaid Award Special Mention, Thessaloniki 2022
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