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Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema Tue, Nov 22, 2022 7:00 PM
Film Info
Country Listing:USA
Cast/Crew Info
Director(s):Rita Baghdadi


Sirens intimately chronicles the lives and music of Slave to Sirens, a band made up of five young women 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.

In Arabic and English with English subtitles.

Featuring a pre-recorded Q&A with director Rita Baghdadi after the screening.

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