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On pop music and forced marriage: Documentary on Afghan teen wins Sundance awards

Directed by Rokhsareh Ghaem Maghami, documentary "Sonita" won Grand Jury Prize and Audience Award at the Sundance Film Festival

Ahram Online , Sunday 31 Jan 2016
(Photo: still from Sonita)
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With the announcement of the Sundance Film Festival awards, both the audience and grand jury prizes for foreign documentary went to Sonita, a documentary directed by Rokhsareh Ghaem Maghami.

According to AFP, Sonita tells a story of "an 18-year-old Afghan refugee illegally living in Tehran and who dreams of becoming the next Rihanna."

While hoping to live the life of a regular teenager, her parents wants to sell her to an unknown husband.

Rokhsareh Ghaem Maghami is an Iranian filmmaker. Sonita is her second documentary, with Going Up the Stairs released in 2011.

Sundance Film Festival runs between 21 and 31 January 2016.


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