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Sonia Nassery Cole        

Filmmaker and Philanthropist

Sonia Nassery Cole was born in Afghanistan but fled as a teenager to the United States after the Soviet invasion in 1979. From her new home in the U.S., she spearheaded relief and awareness campaigns for her birthplace, even meeting with President Reagan in the White House. Since then, she has been a fixture in the Afghan relief effort. In 2002, she founded the Afghanistan World Foundation, which seeks to improve education, health care, and development in that country and to enhance social opportunities for Afghan women and children.

She directed her first short film, "The Bread Winner," while working with AWF in Afghanistan. Following a young Afghan boy who sells newspapers on the streets of Kabul in order to feed his family of six, it premiered at the Milan Film Festival in 2007. In 2009, Cole returned to Afghanistan to film her first feature, "The Black Tulip"—the first American-backed film produced in post-Taliban Afghanistan. It is the official Afghan entry for the 2011 Academy Awards.

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Motion Picture Editors Guild To Banner Awards Show Over 'Black ...

The Motion Picture Editors Guild (IATSE 700) will be making its ongoing dispute with filmmaker-philanthropist Sonia Nassery Cole public tonight at the 2013.

'Black Tulip' Filmmaker: Women's Rights Key to Afghanistan's Freedom

Afghan-American filmmaker Sonia Nassery Cole says the future of a free Afghanistan depends on the rights of women being strengthened.

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