absorbing portrait of a refugee in Iran is endlessly surprising..."
Nigel M. Smith
"Inspiring...a certified crowdpleaser."
The Hollywood Reporter
"Everyone falls in love with Sonita in this film..."
- Screen Daily
"It made us laugh, it made us cry... fearless, inspirational and brave."
- Sundance Jury
SONITA has been playing at film festivals around the world
and winning awards at just about every fest! Everyone loves SONITA!
The dynamic documentary continues to be in demand, and upcoming screenings include:
New York Human Rights Watch Film Festival, Closing Night
Sydney Film Festival/Human Rights Watch Film Festival
Provincetown Film Festival
Nantucket Film Festival
Aspen Ideas Fest
Houston Cinema Arts Society
Rooftop Film Series
Sundance Institute Summer Series
With many more screenings to be announced in the near future!
SONITA tells the inspiring story of an 18-year-old Afghan refugee in Iran, Sonita Alizadeh, who claims Michael Jackson and Rihanna as her spiritual parents and dreams of becoming a big-name rapper. Her family has a very different future planned for her: as a bride she's worth $9,000. Iranian director Rokhsareh Ghaem Maghami (GOING UP THE STAIRS) poignantly shifts from observing Sonita's story to participating, challenging expectations about the role of a documentarian. The result is a personal, joyful portrait of a powerful young artist highlighting the rarely seen intricacies and shifting contrasts of Iranian society.
For festival and theatrical booking please contact:
Kristen Fitzpatrick, Director of Acquisitions & Exhibition
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