Looking for Oum Kulthum

Category: feature
Director: Shirin Neshat
Country: Germany, Austria, Italy
Year: 2017
Length: 90'
Production Status: completed


Mitra, an ambitious artist around 40, a mother and a wife, embarks on her dream of making a film about her hero, the legendary female singer of the Arab world, Oum Kulthum. Her film's central aim is to explore the struggles, sacrifices and the price of Oum Kulthum's success as a female artist living in a conservative male dominated society. However, the sudden disappearance of Mitra's young teenage son during film production, and the mounting difficulties of capturing the essence of Oum Kulthum as a myth, a woman, and an artist, lead Mitra to have an emotional and artistic breakdown.

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