Beautiful Beast!

A collaboration of music and film between New Zealand and Afghanistan, raising global awareness of women's empowerment in Afghanistan.

A film by Roya Sadat (Afghanistan | 2015 | 5 mins).



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About Roya Sadat

Roya Sadat is an award-winning, female Afghan producer and director who successfully brought touching stories to international festivals after the fall of the Taliban regime in Afghanistan. She graduated from the University of Herat with a degree in Law and Politics. In 2005, she earned a Certificate of Study from the Asian Film Academy in South Korea. Roya Sadat with Alka Sadat, her sister, founded ROYA Film House (RFH) in 2003. RFH hosts an annual International Women’s Film Festival in Afghanistan. She has 15 years’ experience producing, writing and directing acclaimed feature-length and documentary films and TV dramas and has won international awards from around the world. She has directed and produced more than 50 advertisements and promotions (2007-2010) for Tolo TV and her own company, and has been invited to more than 30 international film festivals for "Three Dots" and "Playing the Taar." She is also Head of the Afghanistan Chapter for the International Association of Women in Radio & Television (IAWRT), a 15-country women’s media network.

About Tapei Teahouse

Tapei Teahouse is the indie-tronica female duo, Kerry Coulshed (vocalist/lyricist) and Janelle Palmer (producer/controllerist), from New Zealand (est. 2014). Beautiful Beast is the feature track from a collection created by Kerry Coulshed and Billy Mills in 2013.

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  • commented 2016-06-27 09:17:42 -0700
    Beautifully put togather ,
    however the actress expressions hardly speaks of us , afghan women, we have the powerful inner strenght to rise , we are stronger than depicted by media , however the “innocent” mixed with "inner anger "would depict an afghan woman’s expression, never a grim smile that is deceitful of her suffering.
    Actress’s facial expressions were off and her body movement hardly showing
    " suffering " which is objectional to her state.
    But any voice that speaks for " voiceless" woman ,forced into a life routine that is far from her humane rights , counts !