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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?

Director Rokhsareh Ghaem Maghami ends up personally involved in answering that question, reigniting the discussion as to how documentary makers should relate to their subjects. This is just one of the many unexpected twists in an exciting journey replete with the setbacks and successes of a young women looking for her own path. The film's core consists of Sonita artistically arguing against the disastrous forced marriage practices that obstruct her freedom in an impressive, dramatic rap video. - IDFA Catalogue


Sonita in the Press

CNN: "Afghan teen uses rap to escape forced marriage"
Bustle.com: "Sonita, The Feminist Afghan Rapper Fighting Against Child Marriage, Will Give You Chills"
MTV: "This Afghan Teen Escaped Forced Marriage By Making A Rap Video"
Think Progress: "Let Me Scream,’ Raps Afghan Teenager Sonita Alizadeh"
Refinery29: "When My Mother Told Me They Had To Sell Me, My Heart Broke Down"
The Huffington Post: "Every Daughter Sold into Marriage Has a Mother"
Girl Effect: "Meet Sonita, The Afghan Rapper Ending Child Marriage One Song At A Time"

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Rokhsareh Ghaem Maghami studied filmmaking and animation in Tehran Art University. Her researches on animated documentary resulted to writing a book, named: “Animated Documentary, a New Way to Express”. She has made 6 documentaries and won more than 20 international awards. Cyanosis (2007) and Going up the Stairs (2011) have a wide international exposure.
Going up the Stairs
Documentary, 52 min, Iran, 2012

Premiered in IDFA 2011
Nominated for Best Mid-Length documentary in IDFA 2011
Best Female Directed Documentary, Sheffield doc/fest 2012
Special Jury Award, EIDF 2012, South Korea


Cyanosis
Documentary with animation, 32 Min., Iran, 2007

Best Student Documentary in Sheffield doc/ fest, UK, 2008
Diploma of Honor for Innovation, Grierson Award- Sheffield doc/fest 2008
Silver Nanook for the Best short documentary, Flahertiana Documentary Festival 2008- Russia- Perm
Best Documentary Award from Tehran 12th International & 24th National Short Film Festival, 2007
Best Short Documentary, Play Doc, Spain, 2009

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Credits

A FILM BY Rokhsareh Ghaem Maghami
WITH Sonita Alizadeh
PRODUCER Gerd Haag
CO-PRODUCERS Rokhsareh Ghaem Maghami, Aline Schmid
CREATIVE PRDOUCER Kerstin Krieg
EDITOR Rune Schweitzer
DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY Behrouz Badrouj, Ali Mohammad Ghasemi, Mohammad
Haddadi, Arastoo Givi, Torben Bernard, Parviz Arefi, Ala Mohseni
SCORE MUSIC Moritz Denis
MUSIC LAYOUT Guillaume Wuhrmann
ORIGINAL SONGS BY Sonita Alizadeh, Sepandarmaz Elahi Shirazi
LINE PRODUCER GERMANY Cornelia Kellers
LINE PRODUCER IRAN Morteza Ebrahimi, Hosein Beshgard
LINE PRODUCER AFGHANISTAN Ghodsieh Shahnematollahi, Sahra Karimi
LINE PRODUCER SWITZERLAND Catherine Muller
COMMISSIONING EDITORS NDR/arte: Claudia Cellarius; RTS Radio Télévision Suisse, Unité
des films Documentaires: Irène Challand, Gaspard Lamunière; SRG SSR: Sven Wälti,
Gregory Catella
A PRODUCTION BY TAG/TRAUM
IN CO-PRODUCTION WITH INTERMEZZO FILM, ROKHSAREH GHAEM MAGHAMI, NDR, RTS
Radio Télévision Suisse, SRG SSR, DR
IN CO-OPERATION WITH arte
FUNDED BY Film- und Medienstiftung NRW, BKM, Bundesamt für Kultur (EDI), Cinéforom
und Loterie Romande, Chicken & Egg Pictures, IDFA Bertha Fund
SPECIAL THANKS TO The Asian Pitch Commissioners, Nippon Hoso Kyokai, Public
Television Service Foundation, Korean Broadcasting System
© TAG/TRAUM – INTERMEZZO – ROKHSAREH GHAEMMAGHAMI 2015