Sonita
Feature Film Program
FREE

Wednesday Jul 20, 2016
7:30PMLive Music
8:30PMFilm Begins
10:15PMQ&A with Filmmaker Rokhsareh Ghaem Maghami
In the event of rain this show will be rescheduled.

VENUE
Socrates Sculpture Park
(32-01 VERNON BOULEVARD, LONG ISLAND CITY, NY 11106)
on the grass along the water
Long Island City
32-01 Vernon Boulevard, Long Island City, NY 11106
Take the N or Q train to the Broadway stop in Queens and walk eight blocks west on Broadway (toward the East River) to the intersection of Vernon Boulevard.

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This Show Presented in Partnership With
Socrates Sculpture Park
Vimeo
Tribeca Shortlist
Dutch Culture USA
International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA)
FREE
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18-year-old rapper Sonita looks for a better life outside Iran in this complex and layered doc. Presented in partnership with Women Make Movies and IDFA.


THE FILMS

Sonita (Rokhsareh Ghaem Maghami | Iran / Germany / Switzerland | 90 min.)
Sonita tells the inspiring story of Sonita Alizadeh, an 18-year-old Afghan refugee in Iran, who 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. Iranian director Rokhsareh Ghaem Maghami poignantly shifts from observer to participant altering expectations, as Sonita's story unfolds in an intimate and joyful portrait.

Presented in partnership with IDFA

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