No Land’s Song
Directed by Ayat Najafi
The pursuit of bridging cultures through music and political action comes together in NO LAND’S SONG. Directed by Ayat Najafi, the documentary follows his sister, Sara Najafi, who is an accomplished composer and pianist who embarks on a journey to produce a public all-female concert in Tehran, Iran.
Since Iran’s 1979 revolution, women in Iran have been banned from singing solo, which marks Sara’s quest as both challenging and revolutionary. The film follows Sara through her beautiful music sessions for the project, which are intertwined with her secretly filmed meetings with the Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance, and conversations with a religious scholar, who cites promiscuity as a reason why her project featuring female singers is unacceptable.
Despite the obstacles from authority figures, Sara continues on her nearly two-and-a-half year journey to hold the concert with international collaborators, making for a documentary that is both politically thrilling and musically minded.
— Anna Isabel Leal
Director/Producer/Writer: Ayat Najafi
Editor: Schokofeh Kamiz, Julia Wiedwald
Subject: Sara Najafi, Imed Alibi, Elise Caron, Jeanne Cherhal