Monday June 22, 2015

Composer fights to elevate women's voices in Iran

Iranian composer Sara Najafi fears the female voice is fading away in her country.

Iranian composer Sara Najafi fears the female voice is fading away in her country. (Ayat Najafi/Hangfarn & Ufer)

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Composer Sara Najafi long dreamt of organizing a concert featuring Iranian female soloists and other international talents. Trouble is, women are not permitted to sing unaccompanied in Iran.

The struggle to make it happen fuels a new documentary by her brother, No Land's Song. Shad caught up with the Najafi siblings to discuss what it takes to stage a cultural intervention. 

WEB EXTRA | Sample the sound of women's voices rising in Iran, as captured in this clip from No Land's Song