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Episode 204: Alma of Slave to Sirens!

Alma Doumani is the bassist for Slave to Sirens, an all-women thrash metal band from Lebanon that gained international attention through the documentary Sirens, which depicts the lives of the band members over three years. Outside of music, Alma is also a photographer and video producer. 

In the episode, Alma talks us through her love for the complexity of metal music, how she got connected to the band, and how the documentary process started with a Facebook message from Rita Baghdadi. She also describes what it was like to have such pivotal moments in her and her bandmates’ lives thoroughly documented, and what that was like to revisit them in the film. We collectively discuss how carefully crafted the film feels, and how it has been challenging depictions of Arab women in international media. Alma also explains her personal decision to relocate to the US and how the band continues to work long-distance. 

Stay tuned for Slave to Sirens’ new EP coming out this summer!

Alma on IG: @alma_doumani
Slave to Sirens on IG: @slavetosirensband

Also!  You can also find the band’s music on Spotify, Deezer, Apple Music, YouTube, Anghami, Soundcloud…
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Episode 170 [in English]: Fatima Elie

Fatima Elie, who goes by @fatimaelie is a Toronto based, Lebanese queer artist and film photographer. Her work, often documentary in style, showcases her love for her heritage and the world around her often seeing things others overlook. She is also a multidisciplinary artist who enjoys experimenting  with the art of Arabic calligraphy along with mixed media.

The goal of her project in October is to highlight the beautiful stories of the people living in Lebanon, she wants to capture stories, share them with the world, and give back to the community and those that have participated in the project.

On this episode, we talked about the project, Fatima’s years in Lebanon and Toronto, nostalgia food, and more!

Support Fatima’s project here:

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