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Sonita

18 November 2016 | 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Eden Court Theatre and Cinema
Bishops Road
Inverness, IV3 5SA 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.

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