Looking for Oum Kulthum

Musik, Tanz, Theater
| 91 min

Iranian artist Mitra pursues her dream of filming the life of legendary singer Oum Kulthum and encounters the same opposition as the legendary diva herself. Mitra is an ambitious artist, mother and wife who is dedicated to her dream of making a film about singer Oum Kulthum. In doing so, she hopes to explore those personal sacrifices and efforts that made Kulthum's success possible in a patriarchal society. "Again and again Shirin Neshat elegantly, almost floatingly, switches back and forth between the different levels of reality in the film. In this way, a suggestive, associative game emerges, a cinematic reality in which facts and fictions mix lively and merge effortlessly." (kino-zeit)