[PAST EVENT] AMP/Movie Screening: Sonita

Tuesday, March 21st 2017
7pm - 9pm
Sadler Center, Tidewater A
200 Stadium Dr
Williamsburg, VA 23185
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Summary

"Sonita" is a documentary that follows the story of 18 year old Sonita, a refugee from Afghanistan living in Tehran, who dreams of becoming a famous rapper. Her family, however, intends to sell her as a bride worth $9,000.  

Full Description

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. - IDFA Catalogue

Contact
[[e|atstephenson,Andrew Stephenson]]
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