24th TDF: International Premiere

On the outskirts of Beirut, Lilas and her thrash metal bandmates, Shery, Maya, Alma, and Tatyana (widely known as 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. With 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.

Screening Schedule

No physical screenings scheduled.

Direction: Rita Baghdadi
Cinematography: Rita Baghdadi
Editing: Grace Zahrah
Sound: Tatiana el Dahdah
Music: Para One
Production: Animal Pictures, Lady & Bird, Endless Eye
Producers: Rita Baghdadi, Camilla Hall
Co-producers: Tatiana el Dahdah, Jeremiah Hammerling, Jennifer Tiexiera
Executive producer: Danielle Renfrew Behrens, Natasha Lyonne, Maya Rudolph, Cindy Holland, John Boccardo, Derek Esplin, Kathryn Everett, Bryn Mooser, Dave Pell
Format: DCP
Color: Color
Production Country: USA, Lebanon
Production Year: 2022
Duration: 77΄
Contact: Autlook Filmsales

Rita Baghdadi


2014 Not So Namaste (short)
2016 Saving the Bolsa Chica Wetlands (short)
2017 City Rising (TV Mini-Series)
2018 My Country No More
2022 Sirens