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02/01/16

Rokhsareh Qaem-Maqami's Sonita wins top award at Sundance Film Festival

Source: Sundance Film Festival

Sonita, a joint production of Iran, Germany and Switzerland, by Iranian filmmaker Rokhsareh Qaem-Maqami, has won two awards at the Sundance Film Festival: World Cinema Grand Jury Prize: Documentary and Audience Award: World Cinema Documentary


Filmmaker Rokhsareh Qaem-Maqami (L) with Sonita's actress Sonita Alidazeh


As a female rapper in conservative Iran, Sonita's talents are a liability. But Sonita insists on dreaming big. Her 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. It was only a matter of time before her charismatic presence and spirited eyes changed her fortune, and with the help of acclaimed director Rokhsareh Ghaemmaghami, she is suddenly offered a scholarship that leads her on a dangerous trip back to Afghanistan and ultimately to Utah. All the while, Sonita's conservative mother insists she must be married off soon, at a price, and threatens to derail Sonita's life at its most critical juncture.

An intimate portrait of creativity and womanhood, Sonita highlights the rarely seen intricacies and shifting contrasts of Iranian society through the lens of an artist who is defining the next generation.

YEAR 2015
SECTION World Doc
COUNTRY Germany/Iran/Switzerland
RUN TIME 91 min
LANGUAGE English and Farsi
SUBTITLES Yes with English subtitles
COMPANY Women Make Movies
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Director's Bio:

Rokhsareh Ghaem Maghami studied filmmaking and animation at University of Art, Tehran. Her book, Animated Documentary: A New Way to Express, is based on her personal research. She has created six documentaries and has won more than 20 international awards. Cyanosis (2007) and Going Up the Stairs (2011) have both received wide international exposure. Maghami's film was nominated for Best Mid-Length Documentary at IDFA 2011 and won Best Female-Directed Documentary at Sheffield 2012.

 

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