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Film Screening: Sonita

The St. John's International Women's Film Festival in partnership with Lawnya Vawnya Seven and Rocket Bakery and Fresh Foods presents SONITA, an award-winning feature documentary by Rokhsareh Ghaem Maghami.

Sonita, an 18-year-old Afghan refugee in Iran, thinks of Michael Jackson and Rihanna as her spiritual parents. She dreams of becoming a big-name rapper. For the time being, her only fans are the other girls in a Tehran shelter. 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?

Sonita won the World Documentary Audience Award and Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival in January 2016, and it also won the Audience Award for Best Documentary at the IDFA Amsterdam Film Festival.

About the Director: Rokhsareh Ghaemmaghami is a Sundance Award-winning Iranian documentary filmmaker who was born in Tehran, where she studied filmmaking and animation at Tehran Art University. Ghaemmaghami is the author of "Animated Documentary, a New Way to Express." She has directed six documentaries, including "Cyanosis" and "Going up the Stairs," which have had wide international exposure. In all, Ghaemmaghami has won more than 20 international award.

Wednesday, May 10

Rocket Room, Rocket Bakery

Doors open 6:30pm

Screening starts 7pm sharp

Please allow extra time for parking downtown.

Advance tickets only $10 online:

Lawnya Vawnya Passes accepted. Subject to venue capacity

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Sonita is 90 minutes.

Questions or concerns? Please email or call (709) 754-3141.