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Directed by Ayat Najafi

France, Germany 2014 93 mins.

The Islamic revolution of 1979 banned female singers from appearing in public in Iran. They are no longer allowed to perform solo unless to an exclusively female audience and recordings of former female icons can only be bought on the black market. But Sara Najafi is determined to refresh the cultural memory by roaming Tehran in the footsteps of famous singers of the 1920s and 1960s. She is about to revive the female voices in the present as she courageously plans an evening of Iranian and French female soloists to rebuild shattered cultural bridges—a concert that is not allowed to take place. Director Ayat Najafi follows the preparations between Tehran and Paris that are always touch-and -go. Can intercultural solidarity and the revolutionary power of music triumph? A political thriller and a musical journey, No Land’s Song never loses sight of its real center—the female voice.



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