Comings and Goings

Comings & Goings: Sonita: Afghani rapper in Utah

By Staff

Screen Shot 2016 01 12 at 3.01.35 PMThis year, as you thumb through the Sundance Film Festival guide to chose which films to see, consider Sonita, an entry in the World Cinema Documentary competition that follows an assertive young woman from Afghani­stan who dreams of becoming a rap singer. Living in exile in Iran, she makes a video with friends called “Brides for Sale” after she learns she is about to be sold into marriage so her brother can afford to buy a wife. She is 16. The video goes viral. Sonita, the woman, quickly gains international attention for her music and her outspoken stance against child brides. Along the way, she is offered a full scholarship to a private high school in Utah. (Sonita Alizadeh is currently a student at Wasatch Academy in Mount Pleasant, Utah.)

The film is, on one hand, an intimate look at one girl who bravely, and respectfully, rejects the sexist social expectations of her culture and, on the other, a wider look at the powerless situation of many women in today’s world. The 91-minute film will be shown six times throughout the festival.

Interview with Sonita:


More January 2016 Comings & Goings:

Beltex Meats opening

SL Chiropractic welcomes Angie Binkerd

Vive Juicery expands

Sunny Strasburg moves

Waldorf school opening, August 2016

Local home brew shop expands

State-of-the-art Public Safety Building

Therapeutic Musician Training

Sensory deprivation tanks—the latest cure-all?

Utah company, Healthy Hemp Pets, makes CBD-rich dog biscuits

Study with CATALYST Magazine garden writer James Loomis

Sweet Adelines local chapter open house

This article was originally published on January 12, 2016.