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Looking for Oum Kulthum

by Shirin Neshat

Drama, 2017 , 1h 30min

Austria, Germany, Italy, Morocco, Qatar

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.

With the support of Austrian Film Institute Fisa - Film Industry Support Austria, Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, Vienna Film Fund, Regione Lazio

In association with Doha Film Institute, Noirmont Art Production

In collaboration with ORF