An intimate portrait of creativity and womanhood, Sonita highlights the rarely seen intricacies and shifting contrasts of Iranian society through the lens of an artist who is defining the next generation.
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SFIFF @PFA 29 April 2016. An interesting story about a young Afghan refugee in Tehran who breaks into the rap music world. The teenage girl is laudable, if only for her tenacity, but this film is poorly composed. By the director's own admission, it wasn't the film she had intended to make. The contemplative scenes intended to be profound come off as perfunctory and a waste of time, and a fairly tragic situation that
Moving yet problematic. In refusing to become an Iranian commodity, Sonita becomes a U.S product. Another case like Malala who is rescued by US humanitarians. It also raises ethical questions. How far should a filmmaker interfere in the subject's life ? What if $2,000 had not been raised? Would there still be a film? Did the filmmaker thus pay to save Sonita's life or to simply buy some time until her film is done ?
Occasionally moving but mostly problematic. Filmmaker seems very unsure of the process which is taking place - this girl's adoption by U.S humanitarians into some kind of performing arts school, away from her family, questionable traditions, taliban. Figure of a shanty town, invaded and permeated by trash U.S culture and violence. The filmmaker serves to give Sonita attention as individual, entering U.S meritocracy