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Looking for Oum Kulthum

OT: Looking for Oum Kulthum

Shirin Neshat // Germany, Austria, Italy, Lebanon, Qatar, 2017
Fiction Feature // FF2017



The Iranian artist Mitra has lived for years in exile and can at last begin to make her dream come true: a film about her idol, the legendary Arabian singer Oum Kulthum. She wants above all to examine the sacrifices that Kulthum had to make for her success in a conservative, patriarchal Muslim society. But the shoot runs into trouble. Mitra’s teenage son disappears, the film-maker is confronted with resistance to her as a woman and a non-Arab – and the legend of the singer begins to look like an almost insurmountable obstacle. As a film in film, Looking for Oum Kulthum portrays two artists having to assert themselves in a world dominated by men.


SHIRIN NESHAT (*1957) is an Iranian-American artist, photographer and film-maker. After Women without Men (2009) Looking for Oum Kulthum is her second feature.



Looking for Oum Kulthum

Fiction Feature

English, Arabic, Farsi


Germany, Austria, Italy, Lebanon, Qatar


92 min

OV with German subtitles

Shirin Neshat

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Martin Gschlacht

Nadia Ben Rachid

Amin Bouhafa

Erwin Prib

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