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The Black Tulip

Photos by:  Joyce Brooks/

Sonia Nassery Cole.  Photo by:  Joyce Brooks/

Sonia Nassery Cole
Winner of The Pen Center USA Freedom to Write Award

The Women's National Republican Club

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Exclusive Screening Followed by Q & A

The Black Tulip

A Film Written, Directed and Produced by
Sonia Nassery Cole

Presented by Tony Lo Bianco

March 24, 2014



The Black Tulip - Official HD Trailer

A Film About a Place of Hope in the Taliban's Afghanistan


Tony Lo Bianco.  Photo by:  Joyce Brooks/

Tony Lo Bianco

Sonia Nassery Cole, Tony Lo Bianco and Erica Stein.  Photo by:  Joyce Brooks/

Sonia Nassery Cole, Tony Lo Bianco and Erica Stein

President WNRC, Catherine Lenihan and  President Emeritus Lila  Prounis.  Photo by:  Joyce Brooks/

President WNRC, Catherine Lenihan and  President Emeritus Lila  Prounis

Sonia Nassery Cole and Barbara Winston.  Photo by:  Joyce Brooks/

Sonia Nassery Cole and Barbara Winston

Erica Stein and Jeanne  H. Braun.  Photo by:  Joyce Brooks/

Erica Stein and Jeanne  H. Braun

Tony Lo Bianco and Donna Soloway.  Photo by:  Joyce Brooks/

Tony Lo Bianco and Donna Soloway

Victoria Herbert.  Photo by:  Joyce Brooks/

Victoria Herbert

Cornelia Levy - Bencheton.  Photo by;  Joyce brooks/

Cornelia Levy - Bencheton

Erica Stein and Ourania Soumas.  Photo by:  Joyce Brooks/

Erica Stein and Ourania Soumas

Bruce Winston and Barbara Winston. Photo by:  Joyce Brooks/

Bruce and Barbara Winston

Donna Soloway  and Richard Soloway.  Photo by:  Joyce Brooks/

Donna and Richard Soloway

Sonia Nassery Cole, Tony Lo Bianco and Joyce Brooks

Sonia Nassery Cole, Tony Lo Bianco and Joyce Brooks

Ourania Soumas, Donna Soloway, Sonia Nassery Cole, Lila Prounis, Barbara Winston.  Photo by:  Joyce brooks/

Ourania Soumas, Donna Soloway, Sonia Nassery Cole, Lila Prounis
 and Barbara Winston

When Sonia Nassery Cole set out to film The Black Tulip in her homeland of Afghanistan, she knew the odds were against her; she was told time and time again that filming inside a war zone would be impossible. What she didn’t anticipate was how intent the Taliban and its sympathizers were on halting the film’s production—the crew encountered extortion, government corruption, kidnapping attempts, and death threats, even with around-the-clock security. Her cinematographer fled after two days, and many others followed.

After 9/11, Cole wrote The Black Tulip, based on a true story of a real Afghan family. The plot was simple: After 2001, when the Taliban was routed, an Afghan family opened The Poet’s Corner—a restaurant with an open microphone for all to read poetry, perform music, and tell their stories. But the Taliban didn’t approve, and the family’s new-found hope proved fleeting as it struggled to maintain the restaurant and vibrant way of life. Selected as Afghanistan's official submission for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 2010 Academy Awards, The Black Tulip is a modern portrait of Afghanistan that captures the plight and resilience of its people.

Will I Live Tomorrow?:
The Making of The Black Tulip




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