Providence Children’s Film Festival: Sonita

February 18, 2017 @ 6:30 pm – February 19, 2017 @ 1:00 am
AS220 Main Stage
115 Empire St
Providence, RI 02903
Feature Film: Sonita  / Rhode Island  Premiere
Sonita Alizadeh, a teenage Afghan refugee living illegally in Iran, daydreams about becoming the next female rapper to emerge from the Middle East. But living in a culture that forbids women from openly expressing themselves, let alone singing publicly, doesn’t make achieving those dreams easy. When she learns her family intends to marry her off to the highest bidder back in Afghanistan, Sonita uses her rap videos to oppose her mother’s mandate, rapping verses that serve as a rallying cry with a growing ripple effect within her community and beyond. Deeply layered and full of heart, this inspiring film pulls no punches showing the heartbreaking lack of choices Sonita rejects through her art and perseverance.
Ages: 13+ (domestic violence, acts of war depicted, threatening situations) / Iran 2015 / Farsi (w/English subtitles) / Dir. Rokhsareh
Ghaem Maghami / 91 min
Saturday, February 18, 6:30 PM – AS220 Main Stage, 115 Empire Street, Providence
* May be followed by a Reel Connections presentation
Friday, February 24, 6:30 PM – AS220 Main Stage, 115 Empire Street, Providence.  * May be followed by a Reel Connections presentation
  • Documentary Filmmaker Award 2016, Full Frame Documentary Film Festival (Durham, NC)
  • Audience Award and Grand Jury Prize for World Documentary 2016, Sundance
  • Audience Award 2016, Camden International Film Festival
  • Audience Award 2015, Amsterdam International Documentary Film Festival