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No Land’s Song
Film: Let’s go on stage, Sara!
Documentary by Ayat Najafi (Germany/France/Iran 2014)
Wed, 13 Jan 2016 6 p.m.
Hermann Wolff Room
No Land’s Song is an entertaining documentary film about the allegedly subversive threat the female voice poses and a parable about the situation in Iran in recent years. After the revolution there in 1979, the religious leaders of the country decreed that women were not allowed to sing alone before an audience. The director Ayat Najafi, who lives in Berlin, accompanied his sister, singer and composer Sara Najafi living in Tehran, in her persistent attempt to organise a concert honouring the legendary Qamar-ol-Molouk Vaziri. Vaziri was the first woman who sang in Iran unaccompanied and unveiled. Two singer colleagues actively share Sara’s cause: Sayeh Sodeyfi and Parvin Namazi, who was already known in pre-revolutionary Persia.
The film has all the makings of what viewers want from the cinema, Kirsten Kieninger judged (www.kinozeit.de): “A story with a clear goal, highs and lows, setbacks and moments of joy. A sympathetic protagonist who gradually gathers a colourful mix of comrades-in-arms who make the film richer through their idiosyncrasies, and whom the film gives enough room so that each and every one comes into her own. Together, they form a committed group who fight for her performance. One single public performance at which women sing on the stage – and which means so much more than just a concert.”