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Oum Kulthum

A film by Shirin Neshat

Drama, 2017

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.

Supported by Austrian Film Institute Fisa – Film Industry Support Austria, Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, Vienna Film Fund, Regione Lazio, Doha Film Institute, Noirmont Art Production, ORF
Directed by Shirin Neshat
In collaboration with Shoja Azari
Writers Shirin Neshat, Shoja Azari
Cast Neda Rahmanian, Yasmin Raeis, Mehdi Moinzadeh, Kais Nashif
Producers Razor Film Produktion
Co-producers Schortcut Films, Coop99 Filmproduktion, In Between Art Film, Vivo Film
Director of Photography Martin Gschlacht
Production Designer Erwin Prib
Art Directors Attila Planegger, Halima Zniber
Costume Designer Mariano Tufano
Editor Nadia Ben Rachid
Composer Amine Bouhafa