DOK.FEST @HOME SELECTION: SIRENS
Lebanon, United States 2022 – Director: Rita Baghdadi – Original language: Arabic, English – Subtitles: English, None
Since November 2022, you can find a new film every month on our online platform for artistic feature-length documentary films. You can view the previous five selections here in the overview. Since 1 April, SIRENS is available to you for a fee of 5.00 euros.
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 had hoped for, Lilas comes home to Lebanon on the brink of collapse. At the same time, the complicated friendship between Lilas and her fellow guitarist Shery starts to fracture. The future of her band, her country and her dreams now all at stake, Lilas faces a crossroad. She must decide what kind of leader she will be, not only for her band, but also as a young woman struggling to define herself in Lebanon, a region of the Middle East as complex as each of the Sirens themselves. (Text: Production Company)
Camera: Rita Baghdadi. Sound: Tatiana el Dahdah. Editing: Grace Zahrah. Music: Para One. Production: Animal Pictures, Lady & Bird and Endless Eye, in association with XTR. Producer: Camilla Hall, Rita Baghdadi. Length: 78 min.
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The award-winning Moroccan-American documentary filmmaker works as a director, producer and cinematographer. Her films have been screened at numerous festivals and by various broadcasters. Baghdadi is the co-founder of Lady & Bird Films and a member of Brown Girls Doc Mafia. She is an active mentor dedicated to empowering women and girls of colour through documentary film training.
SERVED LIKE A GIRL
MY COUNTRY NO MORE
Copyright Foto: Rita Baghdadi