Feature Film Program

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.

Socrates Sculpture Park
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.


This Show Presented in Partnership With
Socrates Sculpture Park
Tribeca Shortlist
Dutch Culture USA
International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA)

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.


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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