Directed by Rokhsareh Ghaem Maghami
90 min | 2015 | Iran/Germany/Switzerland | Not Rated
Presented in English and Farsi with English subtitles.
Post-film discussion with Sonita and additional guests.
As a female rapper in conservative Iran, Sonita’s talents are a liability. But Sonita insists on dreaming big. Her beats are as solid as stones, her rhymes are fierce, and her videos are a piercing howl against the constant injustice, fear, and sexism women must endure. It was only a matter of time before her charismatic presence and spirited eyes changed her fortune, and with the help of acclaimed director Rokhsareh Ghaemmaghami, she is suddenly offered a scholarship that leads her on a dangerous trip back to Afghanistan and ultimately to Utah. All the while, Sonita’s conservative mother insists she must be married off soon, at a price, and threatens to derail Sonita’s life at its most critical juncture.
An intimate portrait of creativity and womanhood, Sonita highlights the rarely seen intricacies and shifting contrasts of Iranian society through the lens of an artist who is defining the next generation.
-courtesy of Sundance Institute
Winner: Audience Award and Grand Jury Prize–2016 Sundance Film Festival, Audience Award—2015 International Documentary Festival Amsterdam
This screening is presented in conjunction with The City Library and U of U College of Social Work’s Solidarity series, focusing on Salt Lake City’s impact on the refugee crisis. Click here for more information.