Film Screening: Sonita

The St. John's International Women's Film Festival in partnership with Lawnya Vawnya Seven and  Rocket Bakery and Fresh Foodspresents 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.

Candice Walsh