consulting editor | co-producer
SIRENS intimately chronicles the lives and music of Slave to Sirens, a band made up of five young metal heads 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 challenges, the band persists in trying to create a revolution of their own: living their truth.
*2022 Sundance Film Festival Official Selection
director Rita Baghdadi