DAFF 2018: Looking for Oum Kulthum

Director: Shirin Neshat

90 mins, 2017, Morocco-Germany, Digital, Subtitled

This film screened 5th October 2018.

Mitra is an artist in her forties who embarks on her dream project of making a film about legendary Egyptian singer Oum Kulthum (1900-1975), whose music continues to resonate throughout the Arab world. Her film explores the struggles, sacrifices and the prices 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.

This film is screening as part of the Dublin Arabic Film Festival 2018.

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