Film screening «Sonita»
February 26, 6.00 pm
Sonita grew up in Herat, Afghanistan, under the rule of the Taliban which caused her family to flee to Iran. There she had to face the threat of forced marriage when her mother, who were forced into marriage herself, wanted to sell Sonita for 9000 $ in order to pay for her son’s wedding.
When Sonita was ten years old the plans to marry her failed for reasons out of her control. When she was sixteen, she had to go through this again and she refused to go back to Afghanistan and marry a stranger. Instead of this she started rapping. She first heard rap in Iran and there she began to write her own songs. It was difficult to find a studio that would record them as it is forbidden for women in Iran to sing without a special permission. But one song, “Daughters for Sale” was recorded after all and soon it became popular. Director Rokhsareh Ghaemmaghami helped her to film the music video for the song. While filming this documentary he managed to get up close and personal, but never intruded or interrupted the natural narrative of the story.
«The kid is a force of nature, and it’s impossible not to be swept along by the powerful tide of her story», – says The Guardian.
The film won the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance Film Festival.
The film is shown in original language accompanied by Belarusian subtitles.