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Documentary - Completed 2015

An Afghan refugee in Iran who works as a cleaner at the refugee center that doubles as a school, imagines herself a rapper — the spiritual daughter of Michael Jackson and Rihanna. So when her mother summons her home to sell her as a bride, Sonita looks for any way out of a future she dreads.

& Awards

IDFA 2015
Audience Award
IDFA 2015
Doc U Award
Sundance Film Festival 2016
World Documentaries World Cinema Grand Jury Prize, Audience Award
    • Year of production
    • 2015
    • Genres
    • Documentary
    • Countries
    • Languages
    • Duration
    • 91 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Rokhsareh GHAEM MAGHAMI
    • EIDR
    • 10.5240/AD0A-EF42-78CA-D042-BE2E-0
    • Producer(s)
    • Gerd HAAG
    • Synopsis
    • If 18-year old Sonita had a say in things, Michael Jackson would be her father and Rihanna her mother. She captures her dream of being a famous rapper in
      her scrapbook. For the time being, her only fans are the other teenage girls in a Tehran shelter. There, Sonita, a refugee from Afghanistan, gets counseling for the traumas she has suffered and guidance in shaping her future. Her family has a very different future planned for her: as a bride she’s worth $9,000. What’s more, women aren’t allowed to sing in Iran. How can Sonita still succeed in making her dreams come true?