Sonita’s opening sequence bring us face to face with the ambitious, hopeful, dreamer who gives the film its name. She pieces together clippings of…Read More
Meet the headstrong teenage Afghan artist whose talent is as big as her dreams.
Young Sonita Alizadeh works as a cleaner at a school for refugees in Tehran, one of many undocumented Afghan immigrants keeping under the radar of Iranian authorities. Except Sonita has no intention of keeping her head down: in a country where women are not allowed to sing solo, she wants to live on her own terms and succeed as a famous rapper, musician and artist.
Soon, Sonita’s mother makes a surprise visit: she is to be sold as bride (price tag: $9,000) to enable the family to buy her brother a wife. Defiant, Sonita pleads with the film’s director to intervene, turning her story – and the documentary – around.
The film, which has deservedly been gathering awards worldwide, movingly captures Sonita’s journey to empowerment and womanhood, as she finds her voice as an artist and a campaigner. Moved by her story, female director Rokhsareh Ghaem Maghami filmed a poignant documentary, Sonita, which is screening in cinemas across the UK from Friday 21 October.
Filmmaker Rokhsareh Ghaem Maghami talks about “interfering with her protagonists’ lives”, the dilemma she faced with Sonita and her family, child marriage and the…Read More
“All Afghan girls have a price.” These words are uttered with exasperation, by an Iranian woman working in a community centre, but there is…Read More
Rokhsareh Ghaemmaghami’s Sonita is a documentary that follows a young refugee and aspiring rapper as she comes of age in an adopted country. Aptly titled with…Read More
Director Rokhsareh Ghaemmaghami reveals how she came across the subject of her Sundance prizewinning documentary Sonita: an Afghan refugee with aspirations to be the…Read More
Meet the headstrong teenage Afghan artist whose talent is as big as her dreams. Young Sonita Alizadeh works as a cleaner at a school…Read More