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“If I can change their minds with my music, then maybe I can change the world.” – Sonita Alizadeh
Sonita Alizadeh raps at a music studio on her campus at Wasatch Academy.
SONITA directed by Rokhsareh Ghaem Maghami, was the big documentary winner at Sundance, winning both the Grand Jury Prize and the Audience Award in the World Cinema Documentary Competition.
Sonita, an 18-year-old Afghan refugee in Iran, thinks of Michael Jackson and Rihanna as her spiritual parents and dreams of becoming a big-name rapper. For the time being, her only fans are the other teenage girls in a Tehran shelter. And her family has a very different future planned for her: as a bride she’s worth $9,000. Director Maghami poignantly shifts from observer to participant altering expectations, as Sonita’s story unfolds in an intimate and joyful portrait.
“Sonita’s beats are as solid as stones, her rhymes are fierce, and her videos are a piercing howl against the constant injustice, fear, and sexism women must endure,” writes the Sundance Jury. “SONITA highlights the rarely seen intricacies and shifting contrasts of Iranian society through the lens of an artist who is defining the next generation.”
SONITA was made with the help of WMM’s Production Assistance Program.
“I will work hard to change reality for child brides and end child marriage.”