ROYA SADAT

Producer, Writer & Director
Roya Sadat is an internationally Admirable Afghan film Producer, Director and writer, she was the first woman director in the history of Afghanistan cinema in the post-Taliban era; she is funder of ROYA Film House and Herat International Women Film Festival. Through her films and company, her films won more the 50 awards. In 2017 she introduced one of the Ten Top rethinker in the world by Foreign Policy’s -Washington DC for her amazing art which was under difficult circumstances to tell Afghan women stories. “Roya Sadat is the first woman director that her Film selected for the first Oscar country Pick for the best foreign feature film award on 2018”.She honored proud medal, hero of the battle of Maiwand (Malili) by decree of the president in 2015. Also she won alternative Oscar award from Foreign Ministry of Nederland- Holland in 2017, in 2018 she won International Women of Courage Award by state department of United Stated. And also she got number of Awards for her last film “A Letter to the President”. She has now 15 years of experience in producing, writing and directing acclaimed feature- and documentary films on women-human rights in Afghanistan, also she pioneered and was the main driving force behind the creation of TV Dramas in Afghanistan.

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Roya Sadat was born in Herat, Afghanistan in 1983, during the Soviet war in Afghanistan.

Roya Sadat is an award-winning female Afghan producer, Writer and -director who successfully brought touching stories to international festivals after the fall of the Taliban regime in Afghanistan. She is graduated from Law and Politics, University of Herat- Afghanistan and studied filmmaking at Asian Film Academy of South Korea in 2006. In 2003, she founded the first female Afghan film company ROYA FILM HOUSE. Also she founded the first International Women Film Festival in Afghanistan which is the only international film festival in regous (center and sought Asia) and a Book & Film Club.

She is one of the co-founder of RFH academy too.

 

(In 2003) she directed her first (52 min) multiple awards-winning feature film THREE DOTS, which she had written during the Taliban rule. She thus became a role-model female Afghan film producer and director, who successfully brought important and poignant human stories from Afghanistan to international audiences and open a good dissection between Afghan audience  through her TV Dramas  Since 2004 she has been invited to more than 60 international film festivals with ‘Three Dots’ and her second film ‘Playing the Taar’. In 2017 she directed her first full-length feature film ‘A Letter to the President’.

She has now 15 years of experience in producing, writing and directing acclaimed feature- documentary films, on women-human rights in Afghanistan,

 

She pioneered and was the main driving force behind the creation of TV Dramas in Afghanistan and she had made the first Afghan TV Drama for TOLO TV in 2007.

In 2007-2008 she directed 50 episodes of the first Afghan TV serial ‘The Security of This House’ and later three seasons of the most famous Afghan TV serials and TV drama,

Also she make short, documentary and Feature film, her last film “A Letter to the President” was the Afghanistan’s pick for OSCAR 2018.

 

Roya Sadat’s Filmography – 2019

  • Khat Sevom -TV Drama (Collaboration with Tolo TV) (2 Seasons – 24 Esp.) – 2018 & 2019 – Director
  • A letter to the president -Feature Film (85 MIN) – 2017 – Director &Producer
  • After Years of Struggle –Documentary – 2014 – Director &Writer
  • Bahesht Khamosh – TV Drama in a collaboration with TOLO TV – 2009 till 2013
  • The President Goes to Palace with his Bicycle (Documentary) – 2012 – Director & writer
  • After 35 Years – Documentary -2012 – Producer
  • Glasses Border -Documentary -2009 – Producer
  • Half Value Life (Documentary – 2009 – Producer
  • -PLAYING THE TAAR- Feature Film (45min) – 2008- Director &producer
  • The Calling (Documentary) – 2006 – Producer
  • The “Beautiful Beast!” – Video clip – 2005 – Director & writer
  • Every One Try (Documentary) – 2005 -Producer
  • Three Dots- Feature Film (52min) – 2003 – Director &producer

 

Awards:

In 2018 she won International Women of Courage Award by state department of United Stated

In 2017 she introduced one of the Ten re Top Thinker in the world by Foreign Policy’s -Washington DC for her amazing art which was under difficult circumstances to tell Afghan women stories. “Roya Sadat is the first woman Director that her Film selected for the First Oscar country Pick for the best foreign feature film award on 2018”

Also IN 2017 she won alternative Oscar award from Foreign Ministry of Nederland- Holland

2018 – Walaa Award for Playing The Taar

She honored proud medal, hero of the battle of Maiwand (Malili ) by decree of the president in 2015., in.And also she got number of Awards for her last film “A Letter to the President” like Golden Global Award of Malaysia and 4 main Award from France Vesol Film Festival 2018

 

  • Munchen International Film Festival new hope award.
  • She received the Bibi Khaddija Award from Women in Leadership and Business.
  • Malaysia International Film Festival & Malaysia Golden Global Awards , New Hope Award 2018
  • Vesoul International Film Festival of Asian Cinema PRIX DU JURY LUCENE STANDARD-2018
  • Vesoul International Film Festival of Asian Cinema PUBLIC MENTION AWARD -2018
  • Vesoul International Film Festival of Asian Cinema INTERNATIONAL JURY MENTON -2018
  • Vesoul International Film Festival of Asian Cinema INTERNATIONAL JURY SPECIAL MENTION-2018
  • LONDON AFGHAN FILM FESTIVAL Special Mention Awards Playing The Taar -2015
  • RUMAI Award (Best TV drama) BAHESTA KHAMOSH – 2010 – 2013 ( 3 season 65 Episode)
  • Seoul Korea Seoul drama international festival 2008 for (RAZ HAY EIN KHANA) TV DRAMA
  • UN, United Nations, Best Script ,Playing The Taar [Broken Hand Script]
  • Winner OF 6 (six) award categories from Tolo TV Film Festival – Kabul, Three Dots,   2006,2007
  • French Film Festival Nontc- Three Dots 2005
  • Best Director, Ravzana Film Festival – Kabul, Three Dots 2004

 

Member of International Jury

  • Chairperson of the jury in Indian language section Kolkata International Film Festival 2019
  • Chairperson of Netpac Jury in Vesoul film festival France- 2020
  • Malatya International Film Festival Turkey
  • 2011 Third Eye international Film Festival Mumbai India 2011,
  • Human Rights International Film Festival Afghanistan 2011
  • International Human Rights film festival Kabul 2008
  • International Didar Film Festival Tajikistan 2008
  • 2009,International Kabul Film Festival Afghanistan 2007
  • Afghan Film Festival, Castle – Germany 2006
  • Street Children Festival, Herat – Afghanistan

 

She Married with Aziz Deildar, Aziz is Lecturer at Kabul University and he’s also a writer and filmmaker. Roya have two children Arsalan and Awesta.

Now she try to make her next film and looking for producer, and working for the 6th edition of Herat International Women’s Film Festival, also following with her company’s work

 

 

In Media   

BBC

https://www.bbc.com/persian/afghanistan-55124046

Etilaat Roz

https://www.etilaatroz.com/112792/our-stories-are-voice-of-pain/

BBC

https://www.bbc.com/persian/afghanistan-43523517?ocid=socialflow_facebook  

AFP

https://news.yahoo.com/voice-unknown-woman-afghan-filmmaker-roya-sadat-051628314.html

 

The New York Times

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/26/world/asia/afghanistan-woman-filmmaker.html?_r=0

Global Re Thinker Foreign Policy

https://gt.foreignpolicy.com/2017/profile/roya-sadat?1fea5800af=

Los- Angeles Times

https://gt.foreignpolicy.com/2017/profile/roya-sadat?1fea5800af=

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Her Film Reviewed

https://www.sonntagsblatt.de/artikel/kultur/traeume-und-albtraeume-auf-dem-filmfest-muenchen),

Huff  Post Reviewed with 3 other film

https://m.huffpost.com/us/entry/us_598b2277e4b0f25bdfb32106/amp

 

Hollywood Reporter Film Reviewd A Letter to the President’- Afghanistan

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/review/a-letter-president-namai-ba-rahis-gomhor-film-review-busan-2017-1048371

 

News Line – Film Review 

https://newsline.com/busan-film-review-a-letter-to-the-president/

 

RFI France

http://en.rfi.fr/culture/20180205-letter-president-reflects-change-afghanistan?ref=tw

Al Jazeera

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BFxkUClo1bk&feature=youtu.be

Asian Film Vault – Interview

http://www.asianfilmvault.com/2018/02/interview-with-roya-sadat-security.html

Asian Film Vault – Interview

http://www.asianfilmvault.com/2018/02/a-letter-to-president-2017-by-roya-sadat.html?m=1

Award Nomanetion TOLO NEWS

https://www.tolonews.com/arts-culture/afghan-movie-nominated-malaysia-golden-global-awards

BBC Farsi

http://www.bbc.com/persian/arts-42237102

Variety

http://variety.com/2017/film/asia/oscar-foreign-language-female-directors-on-their-fims-1202628504/

Variety -Afghan Film Maker Roya Sadat Defies-odd-with her feature film

http://variety.com/2017/film/news/female-afghan-filmmaker-roya-sadat-defies-odd-with-her-feature-film-letter-1202589061/amp/

VARIETY – BUSAN FILM REVIEW: ‘A LETTER TO THE PRESIDENT’

AFGHANISTAN’S FOREIGN-LANGUAGE OSCAR ENTRY IS A ROUGH-EDGED BUT RIGHTEOUSLY COMPELLING FEMINIST DRAMA FROM TRAILBLAZING DIRECTOR ROYA SADAT.

http://variety.com/2017/film/reviews/a-letter-to-the-president-review-1202590404/amp/

Hollywood Reporter ‘A Letter to the President’- Afghanistan

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/oscars-afghanistan-selects-a-letter-president-foreign-language-category-1043533

Screendaily – Oscar Film List – ‘A Letter to the President’- Afghanistan

https://www.screendaily.com/news/oscar-foreign-language-film-race-2018-afghanistan-picks-a-letter-to-the-president/5121706.article

Prado Live Locarno goes to Hollywood

https://pardo.ch/pardo/pardo-live/today-at-festival/2017/09/oscars.html

WOMEN AND HOLLYWOOD

https://blog.womenandhollywood.com/roya-sadats-a-letter-to-the-president-is-afghanistan-s-foreign-language-oscar-pick-c0e7b001482c

 

Variety

HTTP://VARIETY.COM/2017/FILM/GLOBAL/AFGHANISTAN-A-LETTER-TO-THE-PRESIDENT-AFGHANISTAN-FOREIGN-LANGUAGE-OSCARS-1202573638/A

 

Oscar

https://asiaincinema.com/2017/10/06/academy-announces-2017-submissions-for-best-foreign-film-oscar/

 

World Premier – locarno International Film Festival

https://pardo.ch/pardo/pardo-live/today-at-festival/2017/day-7/intervista_mr_president.html https://www.rts.ch/play/radio/tout-un-monde/audio/lafghane-roya-sadat-presente-son-premier-film-a-letter-to-the-president-a-locarno?id=8820404&startTime=0&station=a9e7621504c6959e35c3ecbe7f6bed0446cdf8da

https://pardo.ch/pardo/pardo-live/today-at-festival/2017/day-7/letter-to-president.html

https://pardo.ch/pardo/pardo-live/today-at-festival/2017/day-7/intervista_mr_president.html

https://www.swissinfo.ch/ita/roya-sadat-a-locarno_inseguire-un-sogno-su-un-campo-minato/43400544

https://pardo.ch/pardo/pardo-live/today-at-festival/2017/day-7/letter-to-president.html

https://www.rts.ch/play/radio/tout-un-monde/audio/lafghane-roya-sadat-presente-son-premier-film-a-letter-to-the-president-a-locarno?id=8820404&station=a9e7621504c6959e35c3ecbe7f6bed0446cdf8da#%3Fstation=a9e7621504c6959e35c3ecbe7f6bed0446cdf8da

 

 

INDIA LIVE TODAY MOVIES

http://movies.indialivetoday.com/2017/09/27/roya-sadats-afghani-drama-letter-president-selected-best-foreign-language-film-race-oscars/

 

News Line – Film Review 

https://newsline.com/busan-film-review-a-letter-to-the-president/

 

IMOVIEZ Magazine -Oscar List  

http://www.imoviezmagazine.it/oscar-2017-92-paesi-concorso-la-nomination-miglior-film-straniero/

 

Busan Daily 

http://news20.busan.com/controller/newsController.jsp?newsId=20171017000267

Hankyoreh Daily

http://www.hani.co.kr/arti/culture/movie/815007.html

Joongang Daily

http://news.joins.com/article/22046610

Hankook Ilbo

http://www.hankookilbo.com/v/cc7dcfd8bf234e1485b8c2670d9b1327

Busan Ilbo

http://news20.busan.com/controller/newsController.jsp?newsId=20171017000267

https://newsline.com/busan-film-review-a-letter-to-the-president/

 

News Never

http://news.naver.com/main/read.nhn?mode=LSD&mid=sec&sid1=102&oid=082&aid=0000746696

 

 

MY MOVIES.IT

http://www.mymovies.it/film/2017/a-letter-to-the-president/

 

LATEST.BVK.HU

http://latest.bvk.hu/daily/afghanistan-sends-a-letter-to-oscars

 

GOLD DERBY

http://www.goldderby.com/forum/movies/90th-academy-awards-submissions-for-best-foreign-language-film/

 

THE WRAP

https://www.thewrap.com/httpswww-thewrap-comoscar-foreign-language-2017-complete-list/

 

ASIA IN CINEMA

https://asiaincinema.com/2017/10/06/academy-announces-2017-submissions-for-best-foreign-film-oscar/

 

FILMO.COM

https://filmow.com/a-letter-to-the-president-t241308/trailers/

Country Premier – Afghanistan – News

 | Screening in Moby Group on September 2017 – TOLO NEWS Report

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VO0QSNfOlrM&feature=youtu.be

Screening on Cinema September | Report

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wCUOjGWvqQc

8AM Screening in Cinema Aryana in September

http://8am.af/1396/07/01/cinematic-movie-letters-to-the-president-was-released-in-kabul/

 

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bbc- persian

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