Free for accompanying teachers and chaperones Includes same-day Museum admission
Rokhsareh Ghaem Maghami, 2015, 90 min., PG
Eighteen-year-old Sonita is an Afghan refugee and passionate music lover in Iran, where she is forbidden to sing. When she attempts to launch a career as a rapper, her conservative family in Afghanistan intervenes. Desperate for money and shocked by her musical aspirations, they summon her back to Afghanistan for marriage.
Creative ambition must succeed in this powerful and inspirational film, the winner of an Audience Award at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival. When director Rokhsareh Ghaem Maghami takes Sonita on a suspenseful cross-border journey in pursuit of a US scholarship, this charismatic young woman must learn to defy her family's expectations and channel her frustrations into rousing song. Sonita offers a soaring portrait of an extraordinary young woman discovering the power of her voice, and is one of the year's most uplifting films.
This program is recommended for grades 7–12.