29 April in Cologne »World Views« presents SONITA
»Even an eighty-year-old man can marry a girl of sixteen. But I’m sure if my song comes out, that will change, at least to some extent. I believe in my songs.«
In her internationally acclaimed documentary Rokhsareh Ghaem Maghami tells the story of 19-year-old rapper Sonita. Sonita lives in Iran as an illegal migrant – without rights, regular school education or papers. But Sonita’s got talent: She is the first female rapper from Afghanistan telling her story, which is by no means the exception. She hopes to escape her family’s plans: they want to sell their daughter for 9.000 € to an unknown husband, enabling Sonita’s brother to marry. At this point, the film’s director has to decide: is it better to keep the position of a neutral observer or to intervene?
The programme »World Views« is aimed especially at women with or without a migration background, but of course is also open to anyone who likes to watch quality films. The discussions that take place after the screenings – sometimes with guests – are often impassioned and lively but always based on mutual respect.
29 April, 4 p.m, Odeon Kino Cologne: SONITA (Dir: Rokhsareh Ghaem Maghami, IR/DE/CH 2015, 90′, OmU), recommended for 14 years and over, admission is free!