Sonita wins at CineDoc Kids

Sonita won the Best Picture Award at the Athens Children's Film Festival, CineDoc Kids.

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Sonita Workshops in 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.

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Buy me? I'm for sale

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.

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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.

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Sonita - Trailer

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The Guardian gives 'Sonita' 5 stars

The Guardian reviews Rokhsareh Ghaemmaghami's Sonita and gives the film 5 stars.

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Sonita - Moving Docs

SONITA is an 18-year-old female, an undocumented Afghan illegal immigrant living in the poor suburbs of Tehran. She is feisty, spirited, young woman who fights to live the way she wants, as an artist, singer, and musician in spite of all the obstacles she confronts in Iran and her conservative patriarchal family. In harsh contrast to her goal is her family's plan to make her a bride and sell her to a new family. The price right now is about $9,000.