Ban This Series: Sonita
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Hot Docs Ted Rogers CinemaWed, Mar 8 3:30 PM
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Film Info
Run Time:90 min
Director(s):Rokhsareh Ghaem Maghami
Country:Iran, Germany, Switzerland
Released:2016
Rating:Not yet rated (STC)
Description

Ban This Series: Documentaries from the seven countries included in the travel ban enacted by executive order on January 27, 2017.

A teenaged Afghan refugee living in Tehran, the fiery and bright Sonita dreams of being a famous rapper—but women aren’t allowed to sing in Iran, and her parents have a different future in mind for their daughter: selling her into forced marriage. This Sundance prize-winner and Hot Docs audience favourite follows Sonita as she doggedly makes an impressive rap video against child marriage (now nearing one million views online) and fights the sexist institutional practices holding her back. Making things interesting, she does so with the help of the director Rokhsareh Ghaem Maghami, stirring up provocative questions about the relationship between filmmaker and subject.

Sonita’s music teacher and mentor Roham Maher will participate in a post-screening Q&A.

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Tickets: FREE, opportunities to donate to CJFE and NCCM at the door.

Winner—Grand Jury Prize & Audience Award, World Cinema - Documentary, Sundance Film Festival 2016

Top 20 Audience Favourite—Hot Docs 2016

Time Out - “A compelling human drama.”

The Guardian - “Absorbing portrait...endlessly surprising.”

Little White Lies - “One of 2016’s most likeable documentary subjects.”