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Directed by Rokhsareh Ghaem Maghami

Iran 2015 90 mins.

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?



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