SONITA, ( Iran, Germany, Switzerland) (2015)

90 min

Sonita is an 18-year-old female, an undocumented Afghan illegal immigrant living in the poor suburbs of Tehran. She is a feisty, spirited, young woman who fights to live the way she wants, as an artist, singer, and musician in spite of all her obstacles she confronts in Iran and her conservative patriarchal family. In harsh contrast to her goal is the plan of her family – strongly advanced by her mother – to make her a bride and sell her to a new family. The price right now is about US$ 9.000.


Premiered in IDFA , Amsterdam
Grand Jury Prix for World cinema Documentary and Audience award from
Sundance 2016
Doc U award and Audience award, IDFA 2015
Center for Documentary Studies Filmmaker Award, Full Frame 2016
Sheffield Youth Jury Award, Sheffield International Documentary Festival 2016
SOS-Kinderdörfer Award, Munich Doc Fest 2016
True/life award: True/False festival 2016
Audience Award, Docs Barcelona 2016
Audience award , Documenta Madrid
Grand Jury Prix: Mammut lake film festival
Netpac award: Moscow international film festival


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