Rita Baghdadi: Sirens

”With jet-black hair, leather boots and an uncompromising sound, metal band Slave to Sirens smashes every obstacle to pave the way for other female musicians in Lebanon. In Rita Baghdadi’s instant Sundance audience favourite, we follow the band’s five young members as they struggle with music, each other and the unrest in the country. The overriding protagonists are the band’s biggest egos: the two headbanging guitarists who share a complicated past! Withexplosive chemistry and youthful stubbornness the five women play as loud and fast as they can for a brighter (or darker) future.”

That is the synopsis from cph:dox website. Inviting it is. I saw on my computer a film that has been to Sundance and many other festivals this year, including One World in Prague, where I heard members of the intl. jury talk positively about it. I managed to see it via the website of the Copenhagen festival and I can only echo what has been said: Talented interpretation of creators who have difficulties in fitting into a conservative society due to their sexual orientation, the music they play – and the emotional conflicts between Lilas and Chery. It’s all about catching the atmosphere of where the protagonists are and who they are. The film does that in a fragmented nervous rhythm – before and after the explosion that changed Beirut August 4 2020 and made people go to the streets.

Lebanon, USA, 2022, 78 mins.

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Tue Steen Müller
Tue Steen Müller

Müller, Tue Steen
Documentary Consultant and Critic, DENMARK

Worked with documentary films for more than 20 years at the Danish Film Board, as press officer, festival representative and film consultant/commissioner. Co-founder of Balticum Film and TV Festival, Filmkontakt Nord, Documentary of the EU and EDN (European Documentary Network).
Awards: 2004 the Danish Roos Prize for his contribution to the Danish and European documentary culture. 2006 an award for promoting Portuguese documentaries. 2014 he received the EDN Award “for an outstanding contribution to the development of the European documentary culture”. 2016 The Cross of the Knight of the Order for Merits to Lithuania. 2019 a Big Stamp at the 15th edition of ZagrebDox. 2021 receipt of the highest state decoration, Order of the Three Stars, Fourth Class, for the significant contribution to the development and promotion of Latvian documentary cinema outside Latvia. In 2022 he received an honorary award at DocsBarcelona’s 25th edition having served as organizer and programmer since the start of the festival.
From 1996 until 2005 he was the first director of EDN (European Documentary Network). From 2006 a freelance consultant and teacher in workshops like Ex Oriente, DocsBarcelona, Archidoc, Documentary Campus, Storydoc, Baltic Sea Forum, Black Sea DocStories, Caucadoc, CinéDOC Tbilisi, Docudays Kiev, Dealing With the Past Sarajevo FF as well as programme consultant for the festivals Magnificent7 in Belgrade, DOCSBarcelona, Verzio Budapest, Message2Man in St. Petersburg and DOKLeipzig. Teaches at the Zelig Documentary School in Bolzano Italy.

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