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Audience Award 2016: Sonita

25 September 2016 | 6:00pm - 8:15pm

88 Lothian Road
Edinburgh, EH3 9BZ United Kingdom
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Film Synopsis: Sonita

Director: Rokhsareh Ghaem Maghami | Countries of production: Germany, Switzerland | Year: 2015 | Length: 90 min
Language: English, Dari, Persian with English subtitles | Age: 12+ years

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.

This film was supported by the IDFA Bertha Fund.


Beyond the Screen

The Take One Action Audience Award winner for 2016 has been announced as Sonita. 

Take One Action audiences have been won over by this moving and inspiring documentary by Iranian filmmaker Rokhsareh Ghaem Maghami, which captures an undocumented teenage Afghan refugee’s journey to empowerment and womanhood. Sonita’s determination to find her voice as a rapper and a campaigner is testament to the audacity of hope and a powerful challenge to all of us in Europe to stand in solidarity with refugees.

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