Afghan Director Roya Sadat’s Movie Wins Best Screenplay at SAARC Film Festival

On July 7, “A Letter to the President” by renowned Afghan filmmaker Roya Sadat won Best Screenplay at the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) Film Festival in Sri Lanka. Afghanistan’s Ambassador in Sri Lanka, Mohammad Ashraf Haidari, received the award on Sadat’s behalf. The festival featured 34 films from the eight SAARC countries: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, the Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka. “A Letter to the President” was one of four films from Afghanistan. “A Letter to the President” chronicles the life of Soraya, a powerful police chief in Kabul. The film sheds light on the abuse Soraya suffers by her abusive husband whom she eventually kills. When she is sentenced to capital punishment, Soraya writes to the President of Afghanistan in an attempt to save her own life. Sadat directed the film over a period of two years and reported that filming was extremely difficult at times due to threats of violence she received. While filming “A Letter to the President,” she was chased at gunpoint by individuals who were angry that her film featured a woman who did not cover her head. Consequently, the US Department of State honored her as a recipient of […]

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