Letter to Obama

2012, 90 minutes

Letter To Obama is a feature film based on a true story.

The screenplay for Letter To Obama was written in 2009, after the liberal Egyptian politician Ayman Nour (whose penance for running for president against Mubarak in 2005 was a five-year sentence in the notorious Tora prison) was suddenly and unexpectedly released from prison – just four weeks after Obama entered the White House. However, making the film while Mubarak was still in power was not possible. For two years, Letter To Obama remained a screenplay and, like many Egyptians under Mubarak’s rule, a prisoner of fear. Then the Egyptian revolution of January 2011 swept the nation. A few months later, in October 2011, Letter To Obama commenced principal photography. The film was completed in early 2012. Although based on the true story of Nour's incarceration, Letter To Obama is the story of each of the 80 million Egyptians who lived in imprisonment, one way or another, for the past 30 years under Mubarak’s dark regime.

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