Film - International Independents Filmfest 2022


Directed by Rita Baghdadi


Director: Rita Baghdadi
Section: International Independents
Country: Lebanon, USA
Year: 2022
Language: Arabic, English
Version: Original version with English subtitles
Cast: Lilas Mayassi, Shery Bechara, Maya Khairallah, Alma Doumani, Tatyana Boughaba
18+ (no age rating)


This documentary about the first all-female metal band from the Middle East skillfully tells a universal coming-of-age story.

Slave to Sirens is a thrash metal band from the outskirts of Beirut. The five young women Lilas, Shery, Maya, Alma, and Tatyana have big dreams, but their home country doesn’t offer them many opportunities. A performance at a British music festival fails to lead to a longed-for breakthrough, and to make matters worse, Lilas and Shery have a falling-out. Will the band be able to get back together?

Meet the director


Rita Baghdadi

Rita Baghdadi is a Moroccan-American documentary filmmaker. Her first feature-length documentary, MY COUNTRY NO MORE, received the top award at the 2018 Big Sky Film Festival in Missoula, Montana. Her documentary miniseries CITY RISING (2017) received a Los Angeles Area Emmy and has inspired activists to fight housing inequality. When Baghadi is not shooting, she is an active mentor in documentary projects that empower women, especially girls of color.


Director of Photography: Rita Baghdadi
Film Editor: Grace Zahrah
Composer: Para One
Sound: Zach Seivers, Tatiana el Dahdah
Producer: Rita Baghdadi, Camilla Hall
Production Company: Animal Pictures, Lady & Bird, Endless Eye Production
Executive producer: Danielle Renfrew Behrens, Natasha Lyonne, Maya Rudolph
Co-Producer: Tatiana el Dahdah, Jeremiah Hammerling, Jennifer Tiexiera
Co-Production Company: Endless Eye
World Sales: Autlook Filmsales