International Education Week: "Sonita" Film Screening

After her family attempts to sell her into marriage, a young Afghan refugee in Iran channels her frustrations and seizes her destiny through music. Grabbing the mic, she spits fiery rhymes in the face of oppressive traditions.

Photo from the Sonita documentary cover

November 15, 2021 - November 15, 2021

7 p.m. to 9 p.m.


Cost - Free


A part of International Education Week (IEW) festivities, the keynote speaker is a two-time Sundance-winning documentary filmmaker, Rokhsareh Ghaemmaghami. Rokhsareh studied filmmaking (BA) and animation (MA) in Tehran Art University. Her research on animated documentary resulted a book: “Animated Documentary, a New Way to Express”. Her documentary Sonita won the Grand Jury Prix and Audience Award at the Sundance Film Festival 2016.

Rokhsareh's main focus in her documentaries is people who live at the margins of society. She is interested in hybrid forms and pushing the boundaries of conventional documentary. Outsider art, drama therapy and experimental animation are her other interests. Rokhsareh has been a jury member in festivals such as HOT DOCS (Toronto, Canada), IDFA (International documentary festival of Amsterdam), One World Human Rights Festival (Prague) and Clermont Ferrand short film Festival (France). View Rokhsareh's IMDB profile

Register today for the free virtual screening of the documentary, Sonita. 

Sonita Film Poster