No Land´s Song

Ayat Najafi, 93 min, Germany, Iran.

The 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. But Sara Najafi is determined to refresh the cultural memory by roaming Tehran in the footsteps of famous singers of the 1920s and 1960s. Defying censorship, she plans a concert with Iranian and French female soloists to rebuild shattered cultural bridges. For two-and-a- half years, director Ayat Najafi follows the preparations between Tehran and Paris that are always touch and go. Sara's regular meetings with the Ministry of Culture shed light on the system's logic and arbitrariness. But what goes too far? 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 centre - the female voice.