A Letter to the President / 25 Percent
Afghanistan / 2017 / 83 min; Afghanistan / 2007 / 37 min
A Letter to the President: In Dari and Persian with English subtitles; 25 Percent: In Dari with English subtitles
A Letter to the President:
Locarno Film Festival
Busan International Film Festival

A Letter to the President: 

Soraya is a government official in the Kabul Crime Division, a mother of two, and a convicted felon for the accidental killing of her abusive husband. In a desperate last resort, she writes a letter to the president to tell him her story, hoping that he will step in and save her life. This powerful drama by Roya Sadat — a former law student and the first major Afghan female filmmaker to emerge in the post-Taliban era — is a riveting cautionary tale showing that even women of high social standing in Afghanistan can easily become a victim of the country’s dangerously repressive patriarchal traditions.


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25 Percent: 

After the fall of the Taliban regime in 2001, Afghanistan’s new constitution decreed a quota of at least two parliamentary seats in each electoral district to women, thus guaranteeing them a 25-percent representation in the country’s legislature. But what challenges do these trailblazers face in these male-dominated corridors of power? This documentary by filmmaker and women’s rights activist Diana Saqeb follows six Afghan female lawmakers — including her sister, Sabrina, who became Afghanistan’s youngest-ever elected member of parliament at the age of 25 — to highlight the significant and important work they did as the country attempted to grow as a democracy, even as a civil war continued to rage on.

A Letter to the President: Roya Sadat
25 Percent: Diana Saqeb
A Letter to the President: Leena Alam, Aziz Deldar
07/11 5:20PM Broadway Cinematheque