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Anyone following political news from the MENA region in the past decade or more may have stumbled upon the odd story about Iranian influence in the Arab world.The movie begins with a search.Its perspective is that of another woman, eventually introduced as Mitra (Neda Rahmanian), an Iranian filmmaker working on an Oum Kulthum biopic.This is one of several dreamlike reveries into which Mitra falls while preparing her film.With "Oum Kulthum" the filmmaker is interested in underlining parallels between Mitra, the artist, and Oum Kulthum, her subject.Mitra argues that, contrary to what Ghada and so many Egyptians believe about Oum Kulthum's persistent loyalty to her family and to Egypt's poor, she must depict a character that chooses to leave her roots and embrace the life of the country's elite. The film's efforts to have one strong-willed artist (Oum Kulthum) mirror another (Mitra) grow less discreet as the film approaches its 90-minute mark.
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