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After her family attempts to sell her into marriage, a young Afghan refugee in Iran channels her frustrations and seizes her destiny through music. Grabbing the mic, she spits fiery rhymes in the face of oppressive traditions.

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Rokhsareh Ghaemmaghami (as Rokhsareh Ghaem Maghami)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Sonita Alizadeh Sonita Alizadeh ... Herself
Latifah Alizadeh Latifah Alizadeh ... Herself, Sonita's sister
Fadia Alizadeh Fadia Alizadeh ... Herself, Sonita Alizadeh's niece
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ahmad Ahmadi Ahmad Ahmadi ... Himself, construction worker
Arefe Arefe ... Herself
Farzaneh Davoodi Farzaneh Davoodi ... Herself
Sepand Elahi Sepand Elahi ... Himself
Rokhsareh Ghaemmaghami ... Herself
Roham Maher ... Himself
Cori Shepherd Stern Cori Shepherd Stern ... Herself, executive director, Strongheart Group
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After her family attempts to sell her into marriage, a young Afghan refugee in Iran channels her frustrations and seizes her destiny through music. Grabbing the mic, she spits fiery rhymes in the face of oppressive traditions.

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Germany | Switzerland

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English | Persian | Dari

Release Date:

15 February 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Σονίτα See more »

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Tehran, Iran See more »

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$17,168
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The art of revealing the story without changing the dynamic
19 May 2016 | by conannzSee all my reviews

I saw this film tonight at the Docedge Film Festival. It was pitch perfect despite a few tricky moments where we wonder if there is a con going down and we are all being manipulated. Director Rokhsareh Ghaemmaghami has managed to find just the right distance to reveal the story without changing the dynamic (too much) by being there.

Although there are a few anxious and tricky moments when we think the film will have to be abandoned as Sonita comes under pressure to return to Afghanistan to get married against her will.

Documentary film makers can change the story just by having the cameras out and recording but all of the narrative seems to flow with just the right balance of tension and resolve and no undue influence. Although clearly the director was able to help Sonita tell her story and to make connections which brought her to the attention of others.

The film maker Rokhsareh Ghaemmaghami was able to fit into the background as a supporter and also able to help Sonita help herself by helping her make a music video.

I was a bit wary of going to see Sonita because I thought it might be a bit like the stark realism of Omar but it is more like Wadjda or Lamb  (or even A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night) in tone.

The film makers manage to get up close and personal but they never intrude.


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