Looking for Oum Kulthum

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    Looking for Oum Kulthum

    Directed by

    Germany, Austria, Italy

    2017

    90 min

    • English
    • Arabic
    • Farsi

    Drama

    A film within a film, LOOKING FOR OUM KULTHUM is the plight of an Iranian woman artist/filmmaker living in exile, as she embarks on capturing the life and art of the legendary female singer of the Arab world, Oum Kulthum. Through her difficult journey, not unlike her heroine's, she has to face the struggles, sacrifices and the price that a woman has to pay if she dares to cross the lines of a conservative male dominated society.

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    Credits

    Cast
    Neda Rahmanian
    Yasmin Raeis
    Mehdi Moinzadeh
    Kais Nashif
    Soumaya Akaaboune
    Nadia Niazi
    Nour Kamar
    Nadia Benzakour
    Rainer Guldener
    Adil Kettani
    Screenplay
    Shoja Azari
    Ahmad Diba
    Cinematography
    Martin Gschlacht
    Editing
    Nadia Ben Rachid
    Music
    Amine Bouhafa
    Production
    AGORA FILMS
    Production
    COOP99 FILMPRODUKTION
    Production
    DOHA FILM INSTITUTE
    Sales
    THE MATCH FACTORY
    Shirin Neshat

    Shirin Neshat

    Iran

    Shirin Neshat was born in Qazvin, Iran, in 1957. In 1974 she was sent to the United States to complete her education; the Islamic Revolution in 1979 would prevent her from returning to her country of origin for close to twenty years. After receiving a BA from the University of California at Berkeley in 1983, Neshat moved to New York, where she soon began working at the Storefront for Art and Architecture, an interdisciplinary alternative space in Manhattan. Though Neshat had studied art in college, her arrival in New York commenced a hiatus from art-making until 1993, when she made her first trip back to Iran. After several short films, WOMEN WITHOUT MEN was her feature debut, winner of the Silver Lion at the Venice IFF.