Screening: Women Without Men and Looking for Oum Kulthum

19 January 2019, 14:00

Ondaatje Wing Theatre

Tickets: £10 (£8 concessions and Gallery Supporters) Book online, or visit the Gallery in person.

The actress Shabnam Tolouei in Women Without Men, directed by Shirin Neshat from the novel by Shahrnush Parsipur.  Courtesy of IndiePixFilms.
The actress Shabnam Tolouei in Women Without Men, directed by Shirin Neshat from the novel by Shahrnush Parsipur. Courtesy of IndiePixFilms.

To complement the Gallery’s current display of her portrait of Malala Yousafzai, learn more about Shirin Neshat’s wide-ranging artistic practice with this special double-bill screening of her feature films, Women Without Men (2009) and Looking for Oum Kulthum (2017). The films will be shown with a short interval of 10 minutes.

Women Without Men, Neshat’s first feature-length film, is set against the tumultuous backdrop of Iran's 1953 CIA-backed coup d'état. The destinies of four women converge in a beautiful orchard garden, where they find independence, solace and companionship. It received the Silver Lion Award for Best Director at the 66th Venice International Film Festival.

Women Without Men
99 minutes, Cert. 15
Persian with English subtitles

Her most recent feature film, Looking for Oum Kulthum, is a film within a film showing 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. It opened in the Venice film Festival in 2017, and it has been screened in number of other international film festivals including Toronto Film Festival, London Film Festival, Sydney Film Festival, Hamburg Film Festival, and Seattle Film Festival.

Looking for Oum Kulthum
90 minutes, Cert. 15
English, Persian, and Arabic with English subtitles.

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