SONITA

Directed by Rokhsareh Ghaem Maghami
Documentary | Germany, Iran, Switzerland | 2015 | English, Persian, Dari | English | 91 min




As a female rapper in conservative Iran, Sonita’s talents are a liability. But the young refugee from Afghanistan insists on dreaming big. Her beats are as solid as stones and her rhymes are fierce. For the time being, her only fans are the other teenage girls in a Tehran shelter. There, she gets counseling for the traumas she has suffered and guidance in shaping her future. All the while, Sonita’s mother insists she must be married off soon, at a price, and threatens to derail her life at its most critical juncture.