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SONITA (2016)

  • year. 2016
  • country. UK
  • run-time. 91min
  • rating. PG

£5.00 (£3.50 conc.)

Doors 19:00 - Film 19:30

The Afghanistan & Central Asian Association in partnership with Deptford Cinema present:

SONITA, a film by Rokhsareh Ghaemmaghami

Sonita follows the life of an Afghan refugee in Tehran. She dreams of becoming a famous rapper, but her mother and brother have other plans – to sell her into marriage in Afghanistan.

"Like many other 18-year-old girls, spirited Sonita Alizadeh wants to be a star and rap about her life. In her dreams, Michael Jackson and Rihanna are her parents and she’s free to pursue her recording career. In reality, as revealed in this wrenching, delicately told documentary, she’s a refugee from Afghanistan living in exile in Tehran, while her family back home are arranging to sell her off in matrimony for $9,000. If she won’t go along with the plan, they will beat her until she does, like the families of so many of her friends at the Tehran centre for refugee girls." The Guardian.

Triumphant documentary...
endlessly surprising...
— The Guardian