Date: Monday, December 5, 2016
Location: Brattle Theatre, Cambridge, MA
Director: Rokhsareh Ghaem Maghami
Film Details: 90 min, 2015, Iran / Germany / Switzerland, color, DCP
Winner of the 2016 Sundance Grand Jury Prize in World Cinema Documentary
Director Rokhsareh Ghaem Maghami will attend via Skype for discussion after the film.
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
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.
DOCYARD FALL SHORTS PROGRAMMING
This fall, The DocYard is collaborating with The GroundTruth Project, an innovative non-profit media organization based at WGBH, to feature a collection of shorts from its filmmakers and fellows. The GroundTruth Project’s mission is to inspire, train and support new generations of international correspondents and documentarians who can tell stories of social justice including human rights, freedom of expression, emerging democracies, climate change and the environment, religious affairs and global health. GroundTruth Films Director Beth Murphy will curate three shorts to share with DocYard audiences. Look for them on October 24, November 21 and December 5.