Mitra, an ambitious artist around 40, a mother and a wife, embarks on her dream of making a film about her hero, the legendary 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 female 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 an emotional and artistic breakdown.

Produced by

Razor Film production,

in coproduction with COOP99, In Between Art Film, Vivo film, Schortcut Films;

in association with Doha Film Institute, in collaboration with ORF, in association with Noirmontartproduction, with the support of Austrian Film Institute, FISA – Film Industry Support Austria, Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, Vienna Film Fund, Regione Lazio.


Mitra: Neda Rahmanian

Ghada: Yasmin Raeis

Amir: Mehdi Moinzadeh

Ahmed/Latif: Kais Nashif

Oum Kulthum: Najia Skalli


Producers: Gerhard Meixner, Roman Paul, Bruno Wagner, Martin Gschlacht, Antonin Svoboda, Shirin Neshat, Shoja Azari

Co-producers: Beatrice Bulgari, Marta Donzelli, Gregorio Paonessa, Georges Schoucair

Executive producer: Jérôme de Noirmon

Directed by: Shirin Neshat, in collaborazione con Shoja Azari

Screenplay: Shoja Azari e Shirin Neshat in collaborazione con Ahmad Diba

Cinematography: Martin Gschlacht

Editing: Nadia Ben Rachid

Production design: Erwin Prib

Costumes: Mariano Tufano

Hair & wigs: Desideria Corridoni

Make-up: Antonello Resch

Original soundtrack: Amine Bouhafa

Recording mix: Claus-Benischke-Lang

Line producer: Ole Nicholaisen

Casting: Marwa Gabriel


Technical data

Year: 2017

Running time: 90′

Country: Germany, Austria, Italy, Qatar, Lebanon

Language: English, Arabic, Farsi

Festivals and awards

74° Mostra Internazionale d’Arte Cinematografia di Venezia – Giornate degli Autori

International Sales

The Match Factory