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    A Letter to the President

    Directed by Roya Sadat
    Afghanistan and Dari (deaf-friendly) | 83 minutes | North American Premiere | Awards Buzz

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    A Letter to the President

    Directed by Roya Sadat
    Afghanistan and Dari (deaf-friendly) | 83 minutes | North American Premiere | Awards Buzz

  • View Trailer

    A Letter to the President

    Directed by Roya Sadat
    Afghanistan and Dari (deaf-friendly) | 83 minutes | North American Premiere | Awards Buzz

  • View Trailer

    A Letter to the President

    Directed by Roya Sadat
    Afghanistan and Dari (deaf-friendly) | 83 minutes | North American Premiere | Awards Buzz

In this taut drama, the female head of the Kabul Crime Division (Leena Alam, excellent) faces the death penalty after accidentally killing her abusive husband. Roya Sadat’s film is a rare thing: an overtly feminist Afghani film, which uses thriller tropes to dissect a patriarchal culture.

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January 8, 2018 5:00 PM Regal Cinemas Tickets not available
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film synopsis

An Afghani film directed by a woman is a rare thing, but Roya Sadat’s taut drama is rarer still: it’s an overtly feminist work featuring a strong female protagonist who, despite occupying a position of power, is ensnared in a patriarchal culture that threatens her very life.

Married and the mother of two kids, Soraya (Leena Alam, excellent) finds that her job as head of the Kabul Crime Division is too much for her ineffectual and abusive husband, Karim. When her work leads her to investigate her father-in-law, Karim attacks her and she accidentally kills him. In short order, she is imprisoned and sentenced to death. Will a reasoned recounting of her story in the titular letter change the course of future events?

Sadat frames her superbly acted drama as a thriller, keeping the fast-paced unfolding of Soraya’s story firmly focused on her lead; the result is a top notch work that is both eye-opening and brimming with passion.

In competition for the FIPRESCI Prize.

film details

Original Language Title: Namai Ba Rahis Gomhor
Country: Afghanistan and Dari (deaf-friendly)
Year: 2017
Running Time: 83 minutes
Premier Status: North American Premiere
Language: Farsi
Subtitles: Yes
Director: Roya Sadat
Producers: Roya Sadat, Aziz Deldar
Principal Cast: Leena Alam, Asad-Ullah Tajzai, Aziz Dildar, Mamnoon Maqsoudy, Farzana Nawaby
Cinematographers: Berouz Badrouj
Editor: Razi Kashi, Ahmad Faried Farahman
Music: Zabih Mahdi
Screenwriter: Aziz Deldar

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