Five Continents

A Letter to the President

Roya Sadat | 83min | Afghanistan

  • År: 2017
  • Språk: Dari
  • Text: Engelsk
  • Nordisk Premiär

En kvinnlig polischef skickas till galgen, för att genom en olyckshändelse ha dödat sin man, i Afghanistans patriarkat-knockande Oscarbidrag.

När poliskvinnan Soraya räddar en ung kvinna från att straffas av sin egen klan, inser hon nog vad hon ställer till genom att sätta sig upp mot det urgamla patriarkatsystemet. Men hon gör det ändå. Att hon har en man som vill förbjuda henne att arbeta och en svärfar till skummis gör inte saken bättre. När hon till slut själv hamnar i fängelse blir ett brev till presidenten hennes sista hopp – men tiden rinner ut … Trots minimal budget och svåra inspelningsförhållanden är Sadats debut visuellt och poetiskt konsekvent. Men mest är den en feministisk käftsmäll mot ett samhälle där andra lagar än statens styr och där kvinnor riskerar livet varje dag.

- Camilla Larsson

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Roya Sadat

Regissör: Roya Sadat

Roya Sadat, born in 1983 in Herat, Afghaniastan, graduated from the University of Herat, Law and Politics. In 2006, she was awarded a scholarship to study at the Asian Film Academy in South Korea. At the age of 20, she directed her first documentary Three Dots, which won international awards and which she wrote during the Taliban rule. In 2003, she founded the first female Afghan film company Roya FIlm House together with her sister Alka Sadat. In addition, she founded the first International Women's Film Festival in Afghanistan and a Book & Film Club to encourage people, especially women, to read more and improve their knowledge.  She is also active in TV production in Afghanistan. A Letter to the President is her first feature film

It is dangerous to make films in Afghanistan, but I wanted to make this to say that it’s not impossible. I tried my best while making the film to act as if we were in a safe country to not be limited by the security risks. But sometimes this was not a good idea. One village we selected for a location was very dangerous, especially at night. While we were working there, the villagers told us we had to call for security guards once it got dark because it was unsafe. We were constantly changing locations for security reasons, and we would often have to leave by different routes because of violence in the surrounding area. Foreign crew members were not willing to come and participate to the shooting, as last year during a certain period we had a lot of demonstrations, violence, and suicide attacks. In Kabul, there are times when there are two or three suicide attacks in one month, but also other times when it is peaceful. So it is very hard to predict. The story of making the film is maybe harder than the story in the film.

Producent:
Aziz Deldar, Roya Sadat
Manusförfattare:
Aziz Deldar
Fotograf:
Behrooz Badrooj
Klippare:
Ahmad Farid Farahmand, Razi Kashi
Musik:
Zabih Mahdi
Medverkande:
Leena Alam, Aziz Deldar, Mamnoun Maqsoudi, Zareen Nory
Kontakt:
Asian Shadows, lya@chineseshadows.com
Regissörens filmografi:
  • 2003, Three Dots, Doc.