LOOKING FOR OUM KULTHUM

by Shirin Neshat

Drama, 2017

Austria, Germany, Italy, Morocco, Qatar

Iranian born director Mitra’s new project is about the iconic Egyptian singer Oum Koulthoum. In the course of the production in Morocco, she faces many difficulties, and understands that she overreached by trying to make the grande dame her role model as a woman who made it in a men’s world. When her son disappears back in Teheran, she has to make a choice between art and life – or can she reconcile them both? A source of solace is the beauty of Oum Koulthoum’s music.

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