Looking for Oum Kulthum

Directed by Shirin Neshat, in collaboration with Shoja Azari

2017 | Germany, Austria, Italy, Qatar, Lebanon | 90 min | In English, Arabic, Farsi with Arabic and English subtitles
With: Neda Rahmanian, Yasmin Raeis, Mehdi Moinzadeh, Kais Nashif

Synopsis


Mitra is an ambitious artist in her forties who embarks on her dream project of making a film about the legendary Egyptian singer and diva Oum Kulthum. Her film explores the struggles, sacrifices and the price of Oum Kulthum’s success as a female artist in a male dominated society. However, having left her family behind for her career and in her efforts to capture the essence of Oum Kulthum as a myth, a woman and an artist, Mitra’s own struggles blend with those of the singer and she finds herself caught in an emotional and artistic breakdown.

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