Looking for Oum Kulthum. 2017. Germany/Austria/Italy. Directed by Shirin Neshat, in collaboration with Shoja Azari. Screenplay by Azari, Ahmad Diba, Neshat. With Neda Rahmanian, Yasmin Raeis, Mehdi Moinzadeh. 90 min.
A film within a film, Shirin Neshat’s second feature film, Looking for Oum Kulthum, captures the plight of an Iranian woman artist/filmmaker living in exile, as she embarks on a project about the life and art of the legendary female singer of the Arab world, Oum Kulthum. Much like her subject, the filmmaker faces the struggles and sacrifices that a woman must pay if she dares to cross the lines of a conservative, male-dominated society.
The Send-Off. 2017. USA. Directed by Ivete Lucas, Patrick Bresnan. 12 min.
Emboldened by a giant block party on the evening of their high school prom, a group of students enter the night hoping to transcend their rural town and the industrial landscape that surrounds them.