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Feature Film, DE/AT/IT/LB/QT 2017, Farbe, 94 min., OmdU
Diagonale 2018

Director: Shirin Neshat, Shoja Azari
Script: Shoja Azari, Shirin Neshat, in collaboration with Ahmad Diba
Cast: Neda Rahmanian, Yasmin Raeis, Mehdi Moinzadeh, Kais Nashif
Camera: Martin Gschlacht
Editor: Nadia Ben Rachid
Location Sound: Claus Benischke-Lang
Music: Amine Bouhafa
Sounddesign: Noemi Hampel
Production Design: Erwin Prib
Costumes: Mariano Tufano
Producers: Bruno Wagner, Martin Gschlacht, Antonin Svoboda, Roman Paul, Gerhard Meixner, Shoja Azari, Shirin Neshat
Production: coop99 filmproduktion GmbH
Co-production: Razor Film (DE) In Between Art Film (ITA) Vivo Film (ITA)


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 in her efforts 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 caught in an emotional and artistic breakdown.

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