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The Black Tulip writer, producer, director and star Sonia Nassery Cole, along with her dear friend Natalie Cole, who contributed two songs to the film, join host Robin Milling. Ironically there is no relation between them, but their 18 year friendship and what they have been through together has made them close enough to consider themselves 'sisters of different mothers.'
Sonia tells Robin after 9/11 she was inspired to write about a family who open a restaurant/poet's retreat to commemorate their new found freedom from under the Taliban's rule. While shooting the film she feared for her life 24/7, bravely entering into a war torn Afghanistan in 2001; bombs went off right near her hotel and she was even kidnapped. She tells these stories and much more in her book, 'Will I Live Tomorrow? The Making of The Black Tulip.'
Natalie calls in for a special follow-up chat. The multi-award winning artist who contributed the songs One Moment In Time and Freedom Song to the film's soundtracks says the basic freedoms of music and art were not lost on her when she visited Kabul with Sonia and entertained the troops. Natalie is also on the Board of Directors for The Afghanistan World Foundation founded by Nassery Cole which provides money to build hospitals amongst many other things and much needed aid to Afghan refugees.
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Photo credits: David McFarlane and Sam French
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