A Letter to the President, An Evening with Filmmaker Roya Sadat

$60, $50 mbrs. Free to Golden Ticket patrons (discounted price will display for members upon login)

Limited capacity

Helmerich Theater, 533 Eaton Street

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Documentary poster A letter to the President. Roya Sadat against dark backgroun

Variety Magazine says A Letter to the President is… “A righteously compelling feminist drama from trailblazing director Roya Sadat.”


Roya Sadat is an Afghan filmmaker & international women’s rights advocate. Named by the BBC as one of the 100 Most Inspiring & Influential Women in the World for 2021, she taught herself how to create visual stories during the Taliban regime.

We will screen her film A Letter to the President, the Afghan submission for Best Foreign Language Film at the 2018 Oscars. The film follows Soraya, a low-level government official, who is imprisoned when she defends a woman from village lords. Behind bars, she writes the Afghan President for help.

Following the screening, Stephen Kitsakos, Studios Artistic Associate, will moderate a discussion with Ms. Sadat about the constantly evolving situation in Afghanistan. Kitsakos is working with Sadat & the American composer Sheila Silver on the opera adaptation of Khaled Hosseini’s A Thousand Splendid Suns for the Seattle Opera’s Feb 2023 World Premiere.

Roya Sadat: ‘Afghanistan is uncharted territory for film’ via BBC.

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Sadat is the 2021 recipient of the “Kim Dae Jung Nobel Peace Film Award’‘, an award created in 2010 to honor the Nobel Peace Prize Winner & former South Korean President Kim Dae Jung. The award recognizes films or directors who dedicate their efforts to peace and human rights.

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