Colombo: - Ambassador M. Ashraf Haidari attended the closing awards ceremony of the 9th SAARC Film Festival on July 07, 2019. Throughout the weeklong Festival, four Afghan films, two short and two feature, were screened. Of the 34 films from eight SAARC countries, one of Afghanistan's films, A Letter to the President by Ms. Roya Sadat, was awarded the Best Screenplay trophy.
The Ambassador, who strongly supports the hard efforts of the Afghan Film led by Ms. Sahraa Karimi, as well as all Afghan artists, personally received the award, on behalf of the winner: Mr. Aziz Deildar. He congratulated script writer, Mr. Deildar, Ms. Sadat, and the rest of their cast and crew on winning the prestigious award, in recognition of their fine work, in spite of the many challenges confronting cinema and theater in Afghanistan.
Following receiving the award, the Ambassador appreciated the support of the SAARC Cultunral Center director and deputy directors. He also thanked memebrs of the international jury for their hard work throughout the week, competitively giving the Afghan entries a fair consideration.