Rokhsareh Ghaem Maghami: Sonita /2

DR2 Dokumania viser på tirsdag den iranske film om en ung sanger og rappers kunstneriske udvikling under den danske titel Mor, jeg vil ikke sælges, men refererer i sin pressemeddelelse også denne passus fra The Guardians anmeldelse: “Probably because of the uplifting outcome, Ghaem Maghami chooses to keep the focus on Sonita’s evolution as an artist. The approach works: to witness Sonita’s rise from timid rapper to empowered activist over a three-year span is thrilling.” Filmen er ikke alene en undertrykkelseshistorie, den er i sin kerne tænkt som en kunstnerbiografi.

Tue Steen Müller skrev her på Filmkommentaren for en måned siden, da Sonita var på programmet i Cinemateket konkluderende: ”… What’s more, women aren’t allowed to sing in Iran. How can Sonita still succeed in making her dreams come true? Director Rokhsareh Ghaem Maghami ends up personally involved in answering that question, reigniting the discussion as to how documentary makers should relate to their subjects. This is just one of the many unexpected twists in an exciting journey replete with the setbacks and successes of a young women looking for her own path. The film’s core consists of Sonita artistically arguing against the disastrous forced marriage practices that obstruct her freedom in an impressive, dramatic rap video.” (Link til hele blogindlægget)

Rokhsareh Ghaem Maghami: ”Sonita”, Germany, Switzerland, Iran, 2015, 91 mins, produceret af TAG/Raum Filmproduktion, Gerd Haag, i samarbejde med DR Dokumania, redaktør Mette Hoffmann Meyer. På DR2 DOKUMANIA 17. maj kl. 20.45. Filmen kan efterfølgende ses på i 30 dage.


Sonita is an 18-year-old female, an undocumented Afghan illegal immigrant living in the poor suburbs of Tehran. She is a feisty, spirited, young woman who fights to live the way she wants, as an artist, singer, and musician in spite of all her obstacles she confronts in Iran and her conservative patriarchal family. In harsh contrast to her goal is the plan of her family – strongly advanced by her mother – to make her a bride and sell her to a new family. The price right now is about US$ 9.000. (TAG/Raum)

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Allan Berg Nielsen
Allan Berg Nielsen

Allan Berg Nielsen started the first documentary cinema in Randers, Denmark way back in the 1970’es. He did so at the museum, where he was employed. He got the (16mm) films from the collection of the National Film Board of Denmark (Statens Filmcentral). He organised a film festival in his home city, became a member of the Board of Directors of the Film Board, started to write about films in diverse magazines, were a juror at several festivals and wrote television critiques in the local newspaper. From 1998-2003 Allan Berg was documentary film consultant (commissioning editor) at The Danish Film Institute, a continuation of the Film Board. Since then free lance consultant in documentary matters.

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