Verzio’s first fundraising screening - SONITA

Help our work by watching a great movie!

June 12, 7pm, Magvető Café

A moving film about a young teenage girl who was to be sold by her mother.

Sonita / Rokhsareh Ghaem Maghami / 2015 / Germany, Switzerland, Iran / 91 min / Farsi, Dari / English and Hungarian subtitles

Hungary’s only human rights film festival, Verzio cordially invites you to its special fundraising screening. It is special for several reasons. First, you have a chance to see Sonita, the most popular documentary of last year's Verzio Film Festival in one of the trendiest cafés of Budapest. Due to the sold out screenings last year, we decided to screen again the story of an Afghan refugee girl living in Iran. Sonita, similarly to many girls of her age, wants to become a rapper. However in Iran and Afghanistan singing in public is forbidden for women. In spite of all the obstacles she confronts her conservative patriarchal family and her mother who wants to sell her as a bride to a new family. 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. 

„My mother has tried to force me to get married, but this does not mean that she did not love me. She loves me a lot, but she had to close her eyes, because she had never seen any other way and she was forced to do this as well. It was through my songs that she got to understand what is inside me  and that I can fulfill myself” - said Sonita about her life. Since the movie came out she has become a role modell for millions of young women. 


After the film we will have a discussion with Géza Morcsányi, prominent literary translator, former director of Magvető Publishing House and lead actor in Ildiko Enyedi’s Golden Bear award-winning film On Body and Soul. We would like to thank Géza Morcsányi and Magvető for their support of the event. 

Date of event: June 12th, Monday 7pm

Location: Magvető Café, H-1074 Dohány street 13

Ticket price: 3600 HUF

We are happy to serve you a glass of vine or a cup of tea at the event. 

Please notice, there are only 50 tickets available at If you register in e-mail until June 8 at you can pay in cash on the spot as well. 

We need your donation in order to show more true human stories. Income from the screening is intended for Verzio’s free student program for Hungarian schools that helps students in becoming more tolerant and open minded in everyday life.

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