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by Shirin Neshat


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

original title: Looking for Oum Kulthum
country: Germany, Austria, Italy, Lebanon, Qatar
sales agent: The Match Factory
year: 2017
genre: fiction
directed by: Shirin Neshat
film run: 90'
screenplay: Shirin Neshat, Shoja Azari, Ahmad Diba
cast: Neda Rahmanian, Yasmin Raeis, Mehdi Moinzadeh, Kais Nashif, Soumaya Akaaboune, Nadia Niazi, Nour Kamar, Nadia Benzakour, Rainer Guldener, Adil Kettani
cinematography by: Martin Gschlacht
film editing: Nadia Ben Rachid
art director: Erwin Prib, Attila Plangger, Halima Zniber
costumes designer: Mariano Tufano
music: Amine Bouhafa
producer: Roman Paul, Antonin Svoboda, Bruno Wagner, Shirin Neshat
co-producer: Gregorio Paonessa, Georges Schoucair
associate producer: Jamak Zandbaf
line producer: Ole Nicolaisen
production: Razor Film Produktion, coop99, In Between Art Film, Vivo Film, Schortcut Films (LB), Doha Film Institute (QA)
backing: Noirmont Art Production (FR), ORF (AT), Austrian Film Institute Fisa - Film Industry Support Austria (AT), Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg (DE), Vienna Film Fund (AT), Regione Lazio (IT)
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