45 Years of Women Make Movies
Dir. Rokhsareh Ghaem Maghami, Iran/Germany/Switzerland, 2015, video, 91 min., English & Farsi w/ English subtitles
Sundance Film Festival award winner Sonita tells the inspiring story of
Sonita Alizadeh, an 18-year-old Afghan refugee in Iran, who thinks of Michael
Jackson and Rihanna as her spiritual parents and dreams of becoming a big-name
rapper. For the time being, her only fans are the other teenage girls in a
Tehran shelter. And 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 observer to participant altering
expectations, as Sonita's story unfolds in this personal and joyful portrait.
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.