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 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.