The 39th Portland International Film Festival: SONITA with Director Rokhsareh Ghaemmaghami in attendance

SONITA

If 18-year old Sonita had a say in things, Michael Jackson would be her father and Rihanna her mother, and 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 receives guidance in shaping her future. Despite Sonita’s dreams of fame, 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? (90 mins.)

Director Rokhsareh Ghaemmaghami in attendance.

 

The 39th Portland International Film Festival is sponsored by the James F. & Marion L. Miller Foundation, Delta Airlines, LAIKA, Willamette Week, Regal Entertainment Group, Travel Portland, Umpqua Bank, The Autzen Foundation, Amtrak Cascades, The Lamb-Baldwin Foundation, Hotel deLuxe, Hotel Eastund, Voodoo Doughnut, TV5Monde, and many others.

SONITA screens Sunday, February 14 at 1pm at the World Trade Center and on Monday, February 15 at 3:30pm at the World Trade Center. The film is being presented as part of our 39th Portland International Film Festival.

Tickets available online and at the door.

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