She had the musicality of Ella Fitzgerald, the public presence of Eleanor Roosevelt and the audience of Elvis Presley. Born a peasant at the turn of the last century, legendary Egyptian singer Umm Kulthum earned a position of great wealth and influence. She was a powerful symbol, first of the aspirations of her country, and then of the entire Arab world. Four million people filled the streets of Cairo for her funeral in 1975 and to this day her songs outsell those of many contemporary Arab female vocalists.
Cast & Crew
- Awards & Accolades
- Gold Plaque Chicago International Film Festival 1997
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Interesting window on Egyptian culture of the last century. Will help smash some of your concepts about life in the Muslim world and in doing so will introduce you to some great music!
A revelatory Documentary of an extraordinary woman who rose to fame and prominence in a male dominated society. She was more than just a singer, she was a leader for her people, a bridge to the past and a pathway to the future.
Overcome with Joy!!!
The irony of this tribute to African elegance and humaneness is that I must write this review of it in English.
Beautifully crafted tribute to this wonderfully inspired singer.