Sonita

Toldi
Nov 8, 19:00
English & Hungarian Subtitles
Kino
Nov 11, 20:00
English & Hungarian Subtitles
Toldi
Nov 12, 18:15
English & Hungarian Subtitles
International Panorama
Opening Film
Rokhsareh Ghaem Maghami
2015
Germany
Switzerland
Iran
91min
Farsi
Dari
IDFA, Audience Award, 2015.

Sonita is an 18-year-old undocumented Afghan immigrant living in the poor suburbs of Tehran. She is a feisty, spirited, young woman who fights to live the way she wants, as an artist, singer, and musician in spite of all the obstacles she confronts in Iran and her conservative patriarchal family. In harsh contrast to her goal is the plan of her family – strongly advanced by her mother – to make her a bride and sell her to a new family. The price for her hand right now is about US$ 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. 

Producer: 
Kerstin Krieg
Gerd Haag
Editor: 
Rune Schweitzer
Camera: 
Behrouz Badrouj
Ali Mohammad Ghasemi
Mohammad Haddadi
Arastoo Givi
Torben Bernard
Parviz Arefi
Ala Mohseni
Sound: 
Mohammad Salehi
Hadi Saed Mohkam
Ali Alavi
Music: 
Moritz Denis
Distribution info: 
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