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

Screened as part of TOAFF16

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.

“triumphant, […] absorbing, […] endlessly surprising”
The Guardian

“puts a defiant face and expressive voice to a resistance that needs to be as loud as possible”

Sundance, Winner, World Cinema Grand Jury Prize
IDFA, Winner, Audience Award

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