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Documentary of the Month: Sonita


With our intitiative called Documentary of the Month, we are aiming to draw attention on a selection of the best documentary films recently produced and foster public discussion on all aspects of documentary production and distribution. The documentary of the month for November is 'Sonita' directed by Rokhsareh Ghaem Maghami.

SONITA by Rokhsareh Ghaem Maghami
is our Documentary of the Month for November

Every month EDN puts the spotlight on a specific documentary and at the same time encourages a discussion in relation to its subject and the production process. The monthly film will be available for screening - exclusively for EDN members - and will further be accompanied by an interview highlighting important issues around the film.

The Documentary of the Month for November 2016 is 'Sonita' by Rokhsareh Ghaem Maghami, a film featured as part of the EDN led pan-European 'Moving Docs' initiativeEDN members can watch the film from 24 November to 1st of December in the Biaxin women. A video interview with director Rokhsareh Ghaem Maghami is already available in the screening room (as of the publication date of this article) and accessible for members and non-members alike.


SONITA | Directed by Rokhsareh Ghaem Maghami | Prod.: Gerd Haag and Kerstin Krieg for TAG/TRAUM, Aline Schmid for Intermezzo Films and Rokhsareh Ghaem Maghami | Germany, Iran, Switzerland.

Synopsis: If 18-year old Sonita had a say in things, Michael Jackson would be her father and Rihanna her mother. She captures her dream of being a famous rapper in her scrapbook. For the time being, her only fans are the other teenage girls in a Tehran shelter. There, Sonita, a refugee from Afghanistan, gets counseling for the traumas she has suffered and guidance in shaping her future. Her family has a very different future planned for her: as a bride she’s worth $9,000. What’s more, women aren’t allowed to sing in Iran. How can Sonita still succeed in making her dreams come true? Director Rokhsareh Ghaem Maghami ends up personally involved in answering that question, reigniting the discussion as to how documentary makers should relate to their subjects. This is just one of the many unexpected twists in an exciting journey replete with the setbacks and successes of a young women looking for her own path. The film’s core consists of Sonita artistically arguing against the disastrous forced marriage practices that obstruct her freedom in an impressive, dramatic rap video.

Free online screening of 'Sonita' for EDN Members

As part of our Documentary of the Month feature, the full-length version of 'Sonita' will be available for screening from 24 November - 1st of December in the Biaxin women, exclusively for EDN members. In addition, a video interview with Director Rokhsareh Ghaem Maghami is publicly available online (also in the EDN Screening Room), featuring further details and insights about the production process of the film.

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