SONITA was the big documentary winner at Sundance this year, winning both the Grand Jury Prize and the Audience Award in the World Cinema Documentary competition. Filmmaker Rokhsareh Ghaem Maghami tells the inspirational and courageous story of spirited 18-year-old Sonita, an undocumented Afghan illegal immigrant in Iran who fights to live the way she wants – as an artist, singer and musician – in spite of all the obstacles she faces, including her conservative, patriarchal family. Director Maghami poignantly shifts from observer to participant, altering expectations in this intimate and joyful portrait.
Winner, Audience Choice Award, International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam.
“Everyone falls a little in love with Sonita in this film, and audiences should follow suit.” – Screen International
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