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Rita Baghdadi
US LE 2022    56' 79'
⚬ Arts & Culture ⚬ Music ⚬ Queer 


On the outskirts of Beirut, Lilas and Shery, co-founders and guitarists of the Middle East’s first all-female metal band, wrestle with friendship, sexuality and destruction in their pursuit of becoming thrash metal rock stars.




Rita Baghdadi


Rita Baghdadi, Camilla Hall


Tatiana el Dahdah, Jeremiah Hammerling, Jennifer Tiexiera

Executive Producers

Danielle Renfrew Behrens, Natasha Lyonne, Maya Rudolph

Production Companies

Animal Pictures,  Lady & Bird, Endless Eye


Rita Baghdadi


Grace Zahrah


Para One


Zach Seivers

“this documentary builds a world you want to explore further” - The Hollywood Reporter


“a moving tale” - Variety


“Thrashing the patriarchy with Lebanon’s all-female metal band” - IndieWire


“a gorgeous portrait of identity, thrash metal, and sisterhood” - But Why Tho


“an ode to sisterhood” - Awards Watch


“unique” - Business Doc Europe


“an inspiring look at young dreamers” - CBS News


“Sirens succeeds in delivering the one thing every revolution needs most, hope” - Collider


“Sirens find purpose and power in thrash metal” - Consequence Film


“one of the best coming-of-age films you will see in a festival lineup that is stuffed to the brim with them” - Disappointment Media


“a tender portrait” - Slate


“empowering” - Tilt


“a rallying cry for self-determination and rebellion” - Daily Beast


“a Sundance Movie you won't want to miss” - Huffington Post



Special Mention Mermaid Award

Thessaloniki Documentary Festival 2022

One In A Million Documentary Award

Sun Valley Film Festival 2022

Grand Jury Award for Outstanding Documentary Feature

Outfest 2022

Grand Prize

Jecheon International Music & Film Festival 2022

Best Sound Editing

Social Impact Media Awards 2023

Young Jury Award

Rock This Town Festival 2023

Best Film

Zinegoak Film Festival 2023

Grand Prize Audience Award

Zinegoak Film Festival 2023


Sundance 2022

CPH:DOX 2022

BFI Flare 2022

Thessaloniki Documentary FF 2022

Hot Docs 2022

Sydney FF 2022

Krakow FF 2022

One World 2022

Filmfest München 2022

Guadalajara IFF 2022

Jecheon International Music and Film Festival 2022

Zurich FF 2022

Reeperbahn Festival 2022

Adelaiade FF 2022

La Roche-sur-Yon IFF 2022

Film Details

Runtimes 56' 79'
Spoken Languages Arabic, English
Production Countries USA, Lebanon


Rita Baghdadi is an award-winning, Moroccan-American documentary filmmaker. Her bold, character-driven work has been supported by Sundance, Tribeca, Netflix, HBO, Film Independent and the International Documentary Association. Rita got her start as a cinematographer, filming verité documentaries such as SERVED LIKE A GIRL, which The Hollywood Reporter recognized for its “unfussy intimacy.” Rita’s feature documentary directorial debut, MY COUNTRY NO MORE, was awarded Best Feature at the 2018 Big Sky Film Festival. The film was broadcast on PBS’s Independent Lens and is now streaming on Amazon. Her documentary CITY RISING won the LA-area Emmy award for Best Social Issue Film and is being used as a tool for activism around housing inequality. Rita is the co-founder of Lady & Bird Films and is a member of Brown Girls Doc Mafia. When she is not in the field, she is an active mentor dedicated to empowering women and girls of color through documentary film training. Her latest feature documentary, SIRENS, is premiering in competition at the 2022 Sundance Film Festival.


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