Afghanistan | 2017 | Color | Drama | 83 min
DCP I Farsi (Persian) | 1.85:1 | DOLBY 5.1
Soraya is a public official struggling to enforce the law in Afghanistan today. When she decides to save a young woman accused of adultery from the justice of a clan, things spiral for the worse to the point that she's arrested and put on death row. Asking for justice, she writes to the president, the last person who can save her. But will he listen to her plea?
FESTIVALS, selective list
- Locarno IFF 2017
- Busan IFF 2017
A Window on Asian Cinema
- Kolkata International Film Festival 2017
- ZINEBI First Film 2017
- Jogjakarta FF 2017
- Vesoul AFF 2018
CAST & CREDITS
- Vesoul Asian Film Festival 2018
Special Mention International Jury
Special Mention Netpac Jury
Audience Award For A Fiction Feature
- Filmfest München 2018
- Casa Asia 2019
Special Mention Discoveries Section Jury
Ahmad Faried FARAHMAND
Roya Film House
"In Her Film About Afghan Life, the Woman Slaps Back"
-- Mujib MASHAL, The New York Times
"Simply yet brilliantly shot, and showcasing some wonderful acting, particularly with her protagonist played by Leena Alam, ‘A Letter to the President’ refreshingly showcases the lives and troubles of an Afghani upper middle class that is usually absent in the movies."
--E. Nina ROTHE, HuffPost
"Rough-edged as cinema, but pointed and persuasive as social polemic, this year’s Afghan foreign-language Oscar submission — from the country’s first female director to emerge in the post-Taliban era — is characterized by the unmistakable urgency of having been made under specifically challenging political conditions. Its furious rallying cry against a corrupt patriarchy will, however, resonate with audiences across the globe."
-- Guy LODGE, Variety
'If Roya Sadat wanted to make a film that will make its audience feel the injustice of being a woman in the country, then she has succeeded to the fullest, in a movie that highlights the truth of Afghanistan in a very accusing, but highly realistic way.'
-- Panos KOTZATHANASIS, Asian Movie Pulse