V’18: OCTOBER 25 – NOVEMBER 8, 2018

Sonita (OmdU)

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Sonita (OmdU)

Rokhsareh Ghaem Maghami
D/CH/Iran, 2015
Documentaries, 91min, OmdU

© Behrouz Badrouj © Behrouz Badrouj © Viennale

Sonita (OmdU)

Rokhsareh Ghaem Maghami
D/CH/Iran, 2015
Documentaries, 91min, OmdU

Contributors: 
Sonita Alidazeh
Screenplay: 
Rokhsareh Ghaem Maghami
Sound: 
Benjamin Benoit
Camera: 
Behrouz Badrouj
Ali Mohammad Ghasemi
Mohammad Haddadi
Arastoo Givi
Torben Bernard
Parviz Arefi
Ala Mohseni
Editor: 
Rune Schweitzer
Composer: 
Moritz Denis

Production: 
Tag/Traum Filmproduktion
Intermezzo Films
Rokhsareh Ghaem Maghami
World Sales: 
Cat&Docs
Format: 
DCP
Color

“Like other girls I’m caged and confined, kept like a sheep on which you would dine,” raps 15-year-old Sonita from Herat, an unaccompanied refugee kid from Afghanistan, living in Tehran. Sonita’s story is the most modern of fairytales. Over three years filming in Iran and Afghanistan, we witness her being snatched from the jaws of war, destitution and a family, trying force her into marriage, but in the end she is delivered into the arms of her own American dream. Except, instead of a prince, Sonita longs for a recording contract; and instead of a scary stepmother, she faces forced marriage and Sharia law’s restrictions on female artists.
But what makes a human rights documentary a success? And does a happy ending make us less likely to take action? In SONITA, director Maghami makes these questions part of the film itself. She records her own struggle to gain Sonita’s trust, and then personally intervenes to save her from a wedding she doesn’t want. (India Bourke)

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