Cleveland International Film Festival } March 22 – April 1, 2023 } Playhouse Square

Sirens

Year: 2022
Country: USA, LEBANON
Language: Arabic
Run Time: 78 minutes

Sirens
Sirens
Sirens

Amidst the ongoing political and civil unrest in Lebanon, Lilas and Shery find a much needed outlet for their fury and frustration in their band “Slaves to Sirens.” As members of the Middle East’s first all-female thrash metal band, these women face an endless string of obstacles, one of the biggest being the lack of a thrash metal scene in Lebanon. Chasing big dreams, the musicians work day and night to achieve their goals, grappling with internal conflicts, secret relationships, and the controversy surrounding their boundary-pushing group. To achieve their goals, Lilas and Shery must balance self-expression and sexuality against traditional values. An all-encompassing documentary, SIRENS is more than a portrait of a band trying to make it; it is an insight into the way a new generation is navigating the complex social issues in a rapidly changing country. —G.S.

CIFF46 Screenings

Westfield Studio Theatre

Thursday, March 31, 2022 at 7:15 PM

Friday, April 01, 2022 at 11:55 AM

Accessibility (?)
Closed Captions: No
Audio Description: No
English Subtitles: Yes

Related Event
46th CIFF College Program

Sidebars
Music Movies
Queer Cinema
Women of the World
Only at Playhouse Square

Competitions
Ad Hoc Docs Competition
Reel Women Direct Award for Excellence in Directing by a Woman

Director

Director
Rita Baghdadi

Producers
Rita Baghdadi, Camilla Hall

Cinematography
Rita Baghdadi

Editing
Grace Zahrah

Featuring
Lilas Mayassi, Shery Bechara, Maya Khairallah, Alma Doumani, Tatyana Boughaba

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