absorbing portrait of a refugee in Iran is endlessly surprising..."
-Nigel M. Smith
"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
Everyone loves SONITA! After playing at festivals and winning multiple awards around the world, this dynamic documentary continues to be in high demand, and is now available for educational release! Join us in spreading the word about one of the year's most moving and celebrated documentaries.
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.
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