‘Sirens’ Trailer: The First Documentary Of An All-Female Metal Band From Lebanon

Exclusive: The life, love and rock and roll of Lebanese group Slave to Sirens fronts Rita Baghdadi’s award-winning documentary, executive produced by Lyonne and Rudolph.

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The Sundance-selected documentary “Sirens,” directed by Rita Baghdadi, tells the story of Lebanon’s first all-female metal band, Slave to Sirens. Executive produced by Natasha Lyonne and Maya Rudolph, the film focuses on the band’s friendships, relationships, and sometimes self-destruction in pursuit of rock stardom. “Sirens” won the Grand Jury Prize at Outfest and opens in theaters on September 30 from Oscilloscope Laboratories.

According to the official synopsis, on the outskirts of Beirut, Lilas and her thrash metal bandmates, Shery, Maya, Alma and Tatyana (Slave to Sirens), have big dreams but few opportunities. When the band’s appearance at a UK music festival isn’t the life changer they were hoping for, Lilas returns to Lebanon on the brink of collapse. At the same time, the complicated relationship between Lilas and fellow guitarist Shery begins to crack. With the future of her gang, her country, and her dreams now at stake, Lilas faces a crossroads. She must decide what kind of leader she will be, not only for her gang, but also as a young woman struggling to define herself in Lebanon, a country as complex as each of the Sirens.

Lyonne and Rudolph’s production company Animal Pictures, along with Danielle Renfrew Behrens, serve as executive producers. The company is also behind “Loot,” “Russian Doll” and Rian Johnson’s upcoming Peacock series, “Poker Face.”

Director, producer and cinematographer Baghdadi was inspired to share the story of the Mermaids after seeing how Arabs were portrayed on screen. “They were demonized and disparaged, and the entire MENA region was characterized as enemy territory,” Baghdadi said in a statement about the film. “Where were all the young people living their lives? … I longed to see any version of me and my family portrayed on screen.”

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After discovering the music of Slave to Sirens in 2018, Baghdadi became friends with leader Lilas and wanted to change the representation of Arab women once and for all.

“I saw an opportunity to make exactly the kind of movie I wish I had seen growing up: a movie where Arab women could be the stars of their own story, and not the victims of someone else’s,” Baghdadi explained. “Where Arab women could yell, curse, hit and talk openly about sexuality without being sexualized. I knew the best way to challenge Western expectations of what it’s like to be a young woman growing up in the Middle East today was to simply present her as everyone else: human, full of dreams, and fueled by desire.”

Baghdadi concluded: “A mentor once told me: ‘Don’t try to change the world, make a film that changes your life.’ That was certainly the case in making ‘Sirens.’”

Jude Dry of IndieWire gave the documentary an A- review, writing that the feature is a “powerful reminder that punk isn’t dead if you know where to look.”

“Sirens” opens on September 30.

Check out the trailer, an IndieWire exclusive, below.

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