Rokhsareh Ghaemmaghami
Sonita
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Sonita

Sonita

Rokhsareh Ghaemmaghami

2015
90 min.
Iran, Germany and Switzerland
English and Persian
Subtitles: Catalan and Spanish

Sonita is a young woman from Afghanistan who has entered Iran undocumented. Her energetic spirit helps her fight for her dream of becoming a rap singer.

Datasheet

Show
Direction
Rokhsareh Ghaemmaghami
Executive Production
Gerd Haag
Sound
Mohammad Salehi, Hadi Saed Mohkam, Ali Alavi
Distribution
CAT&Docs
Screenwriter
Rokhsareh Ghaemmaghami
Photo
Behrouz Badrouj, Ali Mohammad Ghasemi, Mohammad Haddadi, Arastoo Givi, Torben Bernard, Parviz Arefi, Ala Mohseni
Edition
Rune Schweitzer
Music
Sonita Alizada, Sepandarmaz Elahi Shirazi, Moritz Denis, Guillaume Wuhrmann
Synopsis

Sonita is an 18 year old girl from Afghanistan who has entered Iran undocumented, and tries to get by in the outskirts of Teheran. Her young, energetic, and vivacious spirit helps her fight for her dream of becoming a rap singer, despite her family’s strong opposition. Her passion for music clashes with her mother’s plans of marrying her for money. She’s even put a price on the bride: 9,000 dollars.

Through her songs and low-budget music videos we discover a charismatic artist determined to talk about the harsh reality around her with striking honesty. How can she free herself from her repressive environment and live the life she wants? The success on Youtube of her music video Brides for Sale, a song inspired by her struggle, opens a window of hope to change her destiny. The director Rokhsareh Ghaemmaghami gets personally involved in Sonita’s future, and her intervention makes us re-think filmmakers’ position in regards to the subjects in their films. A fascinating portrait of a girl at the prime of her creative explosion in contrast with the lack of freedom in the society where she has to live.

About the direction
Rokhsareh Ghaemmaghami

Rokhsareh Ghaemmaghami

Director

Rokhsareh Ghaemmaghami was born in Iran and studied filmmaking and animation in Tehran Art Universit...

Awards and festivals

Jury Award – Sundance
United States, 2015
Public Award – IDFA
Netherlands, 2015
Public Award – One World
República Checa, 2016
Hot Docs
Canada, 2016
DocsBarcelona
Spain, 2016
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