Sonita

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    Sonita

    Directed by

    Germany, Switzerland, Iran

    2015

    91 min

    • Farsi
    • Dari

    Documentary

    Sonita is an 18-year-old female, an undocumented Afghan illegal immigrant living in the poor suburbs of Tehran. She is a feisty, spirited, young woman who fights to live the way she wants, as an artist, singer, and musician in spite of all her obstacles she confronts in Iran and her conservative patriarchal family. In harsh contrast to her goal is the plan of her family – strongly advanced by her mother – to make her a bride and sell her to a new family. The price right now is about US$ 9.000. What’s more, women aren’t allowed to sing in Iran. How can Sonita still succeed in making her dreams come true? Director Rokhsareh Ghaem Maghami ends up personally involved in answering that question, reigniting the discussion as to how documentary makers should relate to their subjects. This is just one of the many unexpected twists in an exciting journey replete with the setbacks and successes of a young women looking for her own path. The film’s core consists of Sonita artistically arguing against the disastrous forced marriage practices that obstruct her freedom in an impressive, dramatic rap video.

    Awards

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    • DOC U Award - IDFA
    • World Cinema Grand Jury Prize, Audience Award (Documentary) - Sundance FF
    • AVAST Foundation Audience Award - One World FF
    • Audience IndieMusic Award - IndieLisboa
    • Audience Award for Best Feature - DocumentaMadrid
    • Award of SOS-Kinderdörfer - DOK.fest Munich
    • Youth Jury Award - Sheffield Doc/Fest
    • “New Talents” HERA Award - Biografilm IFF
    • Best Documentary - East End FF

    Festivals

    Labels & Line Ups

    Credits

    Screenplay
    Rokhsareh Ghaem Maghami
    Cinematography
    Badrouj Behrouz
    Editing
    Rune Schweitzer
    Sales
    CAT&DOCS
    Production
    TAG/TRAUM FILMPRODUKTION
    Production
    INTERMEZZO FILMS
    Production
    ROKHSAREH GHAEM MAGHAMI

    Press

    Of note is the spirit and complexity of its all-female cast.

    Fionnuala Halligan, Screen Daily

    Inspiring.

    Neil Young, The Hollywood Reporter

    Rokhsareh Ghaem Maghami

    Rokhsareh Ghaem Maghami

    Iran

    Rokhsareh Ghaem Maghami was born in Tehran and studied filmmaking and animation in Tehran Art University. Her published essays and research include the book, 'Animated Documentary: A New Way to Express', published in Persian in 2009. Her latest film is SONITA which showed at Sundance 2016.