Sonita, a teenager, is a talented rapper and an indomitable force, in spite of all her obstacles she confronts in Iran and her conservative family. She is, however, an undocumented Afghan refugee in Tehran, and her family has other plans for her. In this gripping documentary, her dream of living abroad is about to come true just as her family plan on sending her back home to get married to a much older man who will give them a lump sum of money, which would allow Sonita’s brother to find a bride. While she must now attempt to overcome numerous personal and bureaucratic hurdles to avoid what seems inevitable, the film’s director, Rokhsareh Ghaem Maghami is also confronted with a dilemma: should she interfere to help her or let things unfold in front of her eyes and of the camera?
Director: Rokhsareh Ghaemmaghami
Screenplay: Rokhsareh Ghaemmaghami
Producers: Rokhsareh Ghaemmaghami, Gerd Haag, Aline Schmid, Kerstin Krieg
Running time: 91 minutes
Festivals: Sundance Film Festival, Human Rights Watch Film Festival, East End Film Festival, Seattle International Film Festival, Women Make Movies, Martha’s Vineyard Film Festival
Date: 21st October 2016
“An intimate portrait of creativity and womanhood, Sonita highlights the rarely seen intricacies and shifting contrasts of Iranian society through the lens of an artist who is defining the next generation” – Sundance Film Festival