As Madison Bloom wrote in her exam from the movie: When Lebanese guitarists Lilas Mayassi and Shery Bechara met — in a riot, as they recall — the first thing they did was talk about music. It was the summer of 2015, and the two women were protesting against the huge piles of garbage piling up in Beirut, as well as the government’s apathy in the face of the crisis. Their connection was instantaneous, and within a year they formed thrash metal band Slave to Sirens alongside vocalist Maya S. Khairallah, bassist Alma Doumani and drummer Tatyana Boughaba. In his new documentary Sirens, Moroccan-American filmmaker Rita Baghdadi explores the inner workings of the band, considered the first all-female metal band to emerge from the Middle East. Despite its colossal themes – censorship, sexuality and young adulthood – Baghdadi’s film feels like an intimate portrait: its tight framing reveals a group of friends in which women everywhere can see themselves.
Look: In theaters
Catch up Los Espookys‘ delightfully absurd second season
As Eric Torres wrote in his Listening Log with actress and actress Ana Fabrega: Whether she’s pouring huge bottles of ketchup into a bowl to create her unique version of gazpacho, digging carrots for candy, or transcribing the audiobook of Don Quixote to write his own version of Ana Fabrega’s epic novel Los Espookys Oddball Tati might just be the most adorably chaotic character on TV right now. Alongside co-creator Julio Torres, the 31-year-old stars as a member of the show’s namesake group of horror enthusiasts, who run a business staging DIY supernatural experiments. Her character is akin to Rose Nylund from Betty White’s The golden girls: the benevolent glue that holds the gang together, even if it’s a little slow to figure out. After one of the most delightful first seasons in recent memory, Los Espookys recently returned for season two, and it remains as endearing and weird as ever.
Look: HBO Max