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  • Publication date: June 1, 2011

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  • The legendary diva Umm Kulthum stars in this classic film from 1947 about ...

    The legendary diva Umm Kulthum stars in this classic film from 1947 about a poor nurse who falls in love with the son of one of her wealthy patients. Abandoned by her husband while pregnant, she must fight her husband's wealthy and powerful family in court. A rare treat, this film features nine of Kulthum's most famous songs by composers Mohamed Al Asabgui and Riad Al Sunbati. Fatma is a rare opportunity to see legendary Egyptian singer Umm Kulthum on the silver screen, where she delivers nine of her most famous songs by innovative composers Mohamed Al Asabgui and Riad Al Sunbati. Kulthum stars as the title character, a poor nurse tending a wealthy patient, whose son she falls in love with and eventually marries. Her rich and powerful husband abandons her while she is pregnant, however, and the disenfranchised woman fights his family in court, facing near-insurmountable odds with courage and strength. Filmed in 1947, this classic film features the diva during her "golden period" at the height of her career, and this release provides a valuable glimpse into 1940s Egyptian life, culture, and societal structures.

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