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The Black Tulip
Film poster
Directed by Sonia Nassery Cole
Produced by Sonia Nassery Cole
Chris A. Cole
Evans Butterworth
Written by Sonia Nassery Cole
David Michael O'Neill
Starring Haji Gul Aser
Sonia Nassery Cole
Walid Amini
Jack Scalia
Edoardo Costa
Music by Christopher Young
Cinematography Dave McFarland
Release date(s) 23 September 2010 (2010-09-23)
Running time 116 minutes
Country Afghanistan
United States
Language Dari
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The Black Tulip logo designed by Matt Palmateer.

The Black Tulip is a 2010 film directed by novice filmmaker Sonia Nassery Cole and starring Haji Gul Aser, Sonia Nassery Cole, Walid Amini, Jack Scalia, and Edoardo Costa. It is set in Afghanistan.


The film depicts the fictional Mansouri family who start a restaurant in Kabul named The Poets' Corner, where artists and writers meet. The story centers on Farishta (Cole), the woman who runs the cafe. The Poets' Corner serves wine in teapots and has poetry readings by locals and members of the U.S. military. This ultimately angers the Taliban and they begin kidnapping and assassinating the family and patrons of the cafe.


  • Sonia Nassery Cole as Farishta Mansouri
  • Haji Gul Aser as Hadar Mansouri
  • Walid Amini as Akram Zabuli
  • Somaia Razaya as Belkis Mansouri
  • Jack Scalia as Colonel Williams
  • Edoardo Costa as Colonel Tanelli
  • Samir Rassoly as Mustafa
  • Hosna Tanha as Bobo Jan
  • Sayed Rahim Sayeedi as Majuba
  • Basir Mujaheed as Amanullah
  • Shafi Sahel as Old Afghan Poet
  • Payenda Joyenda as Gul
  • Sadaf Yarmal as Satara Mansouri
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