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Friendship Interrupted: Roya Sadat Returns to the Revolution with Sophomore Feature “Sima’s Song”

Friendship Interrupted: Roya Sadat Returns to the Revolution with Sophomore Feature “Sima’s Song”

Afghan filmmaker Roya Sadat (who saw her debut film A Letter To The President preem in Locarno) appears to be moments away from embarking on the production of her sophomore feature. Screen Daily reports Sima’s Song (formerly known as The Forgotten History) is moving swimmingly landing some players and a backdrop that might surprise some as a stand-in for Kabul. Sadat will be filming the dramatic thriller in Greece, with Mozhdah Jamalzadah, Leen Alam and Niloufar Koukhani. The role of Sima does not appear to be cast yet. Sounds like a counter-point argument will be made by Sadat. The project was supported by the Eurimages fund back in March ’22.

The aim is to shot this year and begin editing in the first quarter of 2023. Could a possible Venice and Toronto Film Festival (plus Busan) berth be in the cards? Roya Film House and Spain’s Alba Sotorra Cinema Productions are producing. Homemade Films’ Maria Drandaki would also be a partner.

Written by Sadat and Aziz Deildar, set in pre-civil war Afghanistan, the childhood friendship of Suraya (21, communist, wealthy) and Sima (20, conservative, humble Muslim) is broken when Sima’s brother is arrested and killed by the communist party in which Suraya participates. Driven by a thirst for revenge, Sima emigrates to Pakistan and joins the mujahideen forces to fight against communism, while Suraya climbs higher inside the Party. Months later, they meet again in prison, victims of a failed mission and a conspiracy, respectively. Together, they manage to escape, and discover that their friendship is stronger than any of the political interests that have separated them.

Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist and critic at (founded in 2000). Eric is a regular at Sundance, Cannes and TIFF. He has a BFA in Film Studies at the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013 he served as a Narrative Competition Jury Member at the SXSW Film Festival. He was an associate producer on Mark Jackson's This Teacher (2018 LA Film Festival, 2018 BFI London). In 2022 he served as a New Flesh Comp for Best First Feature at the 2022 Fantasia Intl. Film Festival. Current top films for 2022 include Tár (Todd Field), All That Breathes (Shaunak Sen), Aftersun (Charlotte Wells).

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