36th Annual VIRGINIA FILM FESTIVAL October 25-29, 2023

Looking for Oum Kulthum

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Mitra is an Iranian filmmaker living in exile, who has long yearned to make a film about the legendary Egyptian singer Oum Kulthum. As Mitra works to capture Oum Kulthum’s artistic accomplishments and personal trials, she begins to discover the interconnectedness between Oum Kulthum’s life and her own. Just as Oum Kulthum did, Mitra must make many sacrifices in order to become a successful female artist in a male-dominated society. Mitra helps to untangle the many mythologies surrounding Oum Kulthum, which go on to help her to understand her own story. Introduction by Samhita Sunya (UVA)

Supported by the Institute for Humanities and Global Cultures and the Department of Middle Eastern and South Asian Languages and Cultures


Saturday, November 3


4:00 PM


Newcomb Hall Theatre

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Film Info

Director: Shirin Neshat, Shoja Azari.

Runtime: 90 min.

Year: 2017

Country: Germany/Austria/Italy/Morocco

Language: English, Persian, Arabic

Featuring: Neda Rahmanian, Yasmin Raeis, Mehdi Moinzadeh, Kais Nashif.