SONITA

Empire (UK) - - ON SCREEN - dp

IRA­NIAN FILM­MAKER ROKHSAREH Ghaem­maghami be­comes part of her own story when she raises $2,000 to pre­vent teenage refugee Sonita Al­izadeh from be­ing mar­ried off by her Afghan fam­ily. Most will for­give her for break­ing un­spo­ken rules about ob­jec­tiv­ity af­ter she helps the as­pir­ing rap­per record the video Brides For Sale that be­comes a sen­sa­tion on Youtube. Yet, while show­cas­ing Sonita’s in­spi­ra­tional courage, Ghaem­maghami elects not to scru­ti­nise the moral and artis­tic ram­i­fi­ca­tions of her own ac­tions and fails to con­trast the pos­i­tive fem­i­nist mes­sage in Sonita’s lyrics with the of­ten misog­y­nist pre­sen­ta­tion of women in hip-hop and the do­mes­tic tra­vails of her idol, Ri­hanna. fas­ci­nat­ing, but frus­trat­ing.

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