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Roya Sadat’s uncompromising ‘A Letter to the President’ set to be screened at IFFK 2022

Web Desk(Tvm)Updated: Sunday Mar 13, 2022

A slew of hard-hitting films will be screened as part of the Jury Films category at the 26th International Film Festival of Kerala (IFFK 2022) to be held in Thiruvananthapuram from March 18 – 25.

One of them, Afghan filmmaker Roya Sadat’s 2017 film A Letter to the President, was Afghanistan’s official entry to the Academy Awards that year. The tragic tale of Soraya, the head of the Kabul Crime Division who has been arrested for murder committed in trying to save the life of a young woman accused of adultery from the village clan, is forced to write a letter to the Afghan President for reprieve.  

The film daringly portrays the plight of women in the male-dominated, fundamentalist state of Afghanistan. Sadat was the first women filmmaker in Afghanistan to venture into filmmaking after post-Taliban regime took over.

IFFK 2022 will also allow viewers to revisit Girish Kasarvalli’s debut film Ghatashraddha, based on eminent writer U .R Ananthamurthy’s award-winning novella of the same name. The multiple award-winner realistically depicts the plight of a child window as seen through the eyes of a young boy, exposing the double standards of society as well as the religious sects.

Also on the cards is Persian filmmaker Mania Akbari’s Dah Be Alaveh Chahar (10+4) (2007), which narrates the story of her battle with cancer. Akbari is one of the most controversial filmmakers from Iran who dares to discuss taboo themes such as women rights, sexual identity, marriage, and body images.
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 The International Film Festival of Kerala (IFFK 2022) will showcase the cinematic expertise of 86 filmmakers, predominantly from the European and Asian continents. Films from over 60 counties with France, Germany and Spain films dominating the section, entries from numerous other countries also makes it to the list.

The popular World Cinema category at IFFK will feature many award-winning films, including the Oscar-nominated Drive My Car. The Cannes Film Festival winners Ripples of Life, Prayers For The Stolen and Nadav Lapid's Ahed's Knee; the Venice Film Festival winner, Sun Children; and Brighton 4th, which has won various awards including the coveted Best Film title at the Asian World…

Oscar-nominated ‘A Hero’ to headline
World Cinema section at IFFK 2022

The World Cinema section at the 26th International Film Festival of Kerala (IFFK 2022) will showcase the much-awaited Oscar-nominated film, A Hero.

Two-time Oscar winner Asghar Farhadi’s celebrated film which depicts the protagonist's battle between his needs and his conscience is the Iranian filmmaker's ninth feature film. The story follows the desperate events in the life of Rahim on his two-day break from an ongoing jail term.
Winner of the 2021 Cannes Film Festival award, Asia Pacific Screen Awards and Critics Association of Central Florida Awards among many others, A Hero has made waves globally. This is the third outing for Farhadi at the Oscars.
IFFK 2022 will be held in Thiruvananthapuram from March 18 – 25.