In most productions of Sophocles’s Antigone, the tragedy is blunted by the distance of millennia. The bridge between the seats of a contemporary theater and the landscape where Antigone is murdered by a tyrannical king is thousands of years long. But the shimmering, fascinating, inherently dramatic documentary We Are Not Princesses, about Syrian refugee women rehearsing Antigone, closes that distance. Directors Bridgette Auger and Itab Azzamby take viewers through rehearsals unfolding within a Beirut refugee camp, using the play to explore the stark parallels between Sophocles’s tragedy and the refugees’ experiences. Antigone defied King Creon by burying her rebel brother, despite the king’s order that he be left to rot in the streets. For the cast members, there’s nothing distant or metaphorical about Antigone’s predicament. “We don’t know if their bodies have been eaten by dogs or what,” says one woman of loved ones lost to the Syrian war, their bodies left to rot, unburied, where they fell. For another cast member, Antigone’s imprisonment and erasure evokes memories of being married as a child and then imprisoned at home for losing her face veil. A third woman raps about fleeing Syria in high heels, weeping in pain as she ran. Gorgeous animation sequences (by Pedro Allevato) are used to protect the identities of cast members who could face brutal punishments if recognized on screen. The haunting images seem to capture the intersection between body and spirit as Antigone comes to life. We don’t learn much about the organization leading rehearsals, which is fitting. We Are Not Princesses belongs to the women immersed in Antigone, and bears witness to their epic journeys.