Looking for Oum Kulthum
- 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.
Status: In Production
- Mitra, an ambitious artist in her late 40s, a mother and a wife is caught between a golden opportunity to advance her career outside of Iran and the difficult decision of leaving her beloved family and country behind. Following her desire, she soon achieves fame and success abroad, but her career choices make it impossible to return home, and hence she’s separated from her son indefinitely.
Soon Mitra embarks on her life long dream of making a film about her hero, the legendry 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 woman 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 a complete emotional and artistic break down.
It is now, Ghada, Mitra’s lead actress playing the role of Oum Kulthum, an exceptionally gifted actress and singer, yet a simple woman lacking all ambitions, who comes to Mitra’s rescue. Ghada is connected to the core of life and femininity and is naturally wise.
It is through bonding with Ghada that Mitra finally reaches a form of self-realization, and an artistic breakthrough.
- Biografy: Shirin Neshat
Iranian born artist/filmmaker living in New York, Shirin has won the Biennale award twice in 1999 with her video work and in 2009 with her first feature film "Women Without Men" which received the "Silver Lion Award". Her photographic and video works have been displayed in all the greatest museums. She received the Chrystal Award in 2014 at the Davos World Economic Forum
Shirin Neshat has worked on her script “Looking for Oum Kulthum” with Shoja Azari and Jean-Claude Carrière, one of most respected writers and also winner of the Academy Honorary Award.