Director, screenwriter, producer
Roya Sadat is an award-winning female Afghan director and director who successfully brought important, touching stories to international festivals after the fall of the Taliban regime in Afghanistan. She 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. Roya Film House has won more than 40 national and international awards, particularly for Alka’s shorts and documentary films. 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. Since 2004, she has been invited to more than 60 international film festivals.
She is also active in TV production in Afghanistan. From 2007-2008, she directed 50 episodes of the first Afghan TV series "The Secrets of This House" and later three seasons of the most famous Afghan TV drama "Beahesht Khamosh," which in 2013 won the Rumi Award for Best TV Drama and Writing.
In 2017 she directed her first feature film A LETTER TO THE PRESIDENT, which premiered at Locarno Film Festival.
(International Sales: ASIAN SHADOWS)
2017, feature, 83 minutes
- Locarno IFF 2017, Open Doors
- Busan IFF 2017, A Window on Asian Cinema
PLYING THE TAAR
2003, short, 52 minutes