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Shirin Neshat – Looking for Oum Kulthum #Venezia74

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A journey through the life of the most famous Egyptian singer ever

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6 min. and 30 sec.

PODCAST | Angelo Acerbi interviews Shirin Neshat, director of the film Looking for Oum Kulthum.

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Shirin Neshat is a visual artist turned film director with a good heart and a gentle attitude, and a clear idea on how to tell stories and how too use at her best the rules and the limitations of the cinema media. But her main concern is telling stories that can touch the audience and stay with them as long as possible. And she actually manages to do that.

Looking for Oum Kulthum: Mitra is an ambitious artist in her forties who embarks on her dream project of making a film about the legendary Egyptian singer and diva Oum Kulthum. Her film explores the struggles, sacrifices and the price of Oum Kulthum’s success as a female artist in a male-dominated society. However, having left her family behind for her career and striving 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 headed for an emotional and artistic breakdown.

For the official page of the film in the festival website, click here.

  • Reporter
    Angelo Acerbi
  • Guest
    Shirin Neshat
  • Interviewee role
  • Film title
    Looking for Oum Kulthum
  • Festival section
    Giornate degli Autori
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