Journalist Patrick Strickland wrote an article for Al Jazeera about his impressions from the Hope School for refugees in Skaramangas camp, Athens.
Moving Docs, in collaboration with CineDoc, invited Rokhsareh Ghaem Maghami, the director of Sonita, to screen her film and run a couple of workshops in Greek refugee centres.
Read on to find out Rokhsareh's impressions.
Sundance Grand Jury Prize-winning film Sonita is a both a study of a fearless refugee girl determined to change the world and an examination of the limits of objectivity, discovers Kirstin Innes.
The teenager rapping into a spoon in the back yard is grinning wide, bursting with self-belief, clapped and cheered along by an audience of younger girls who clearly adore her. Her lyrics are full of the kind of confidence that only comes with being sixteen (or thereabouts – she isn’t quite sure of her age). “My future is bright, don’t worry about me,” she yells, and her audience shout the chorus back at her and scream her name.
This is Sonita – a teenage Afghani immigrant who fled the Taliban as a child, living in Iran without papers, and now the star of an award-winning documentary about her life.