Roya Film House was established in Herat, Afghanistan, in 2004 by Roya and Alka Sadat, two self-taught Afghani sisters in their early twenties. Born in Herat under the Taliban, the Sadat sisters used video to document the extreme vulnerability of women and children at the mercy of a repressive and brutal tribal society. Helped by local filmmakers, who loaned them equipment on rest days, and International NGOs that provided some financial aid, the sisters have produced, directed, scripted and shot five short films and six documentaries, tackling painful subjects such as child marriage, bartering of women, wives forced into dangerous narcotics smuggling, murder by in-laws, and self immolation as the only escape. Their films have garnered international recognition at film festivals but are unable to find distributors in Afghanistan.
Preview of Roya Sadat’s short films http://www.cultureunplugged.com/storyteller/Roya_Sadat