Mother Tongue Film Festival: Sonita
February 23, 2017
NYU Washington, DC and the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage hosted a screening of Sonita as part of the 2017 Mother Tongue Film Festival.
The Mother Tongue Film Festival, a collaborative Smithsonian annual event, initiated by the Recovering Voices Program of the National Museum of Natural History, celebrates the United Nations International Mother Languages Day by showcasing recently produced feature and short-length films about the cultural richness of Indigenous and endangered languages.
Rokhsareh Ghaem Maghami
Sonita is an 18-year-old undocumented Afghan immigrant living in the periphery 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.
90 min. - Iran / Germany / Switzerland, 2015
Meet the Panel
Executive Director of Words Beats & Life (WBL), a hip-hop nonprofit founded in January of 2002 in Washington D.C.
WBL teaches, convenes and presents Hip-Hop in The District, throughout the country and around the world. Mazi Mutafa began this organization as an after school program dedicated to creating transformative learning experiences in non-traditional classroom, teaching the elements of Hip-Hop. He received his BA in African American Studies and English from the University of Maryland.
Assistant Professor at the School of Media and Public Affairs at George Washington University
Broadly interested in questions of transnationalism and news media in conflict, his primary research interests include global news media, journalism, media law, and social movements. Youmans wrote his dissertation on Al Jazeera English's audience-building efforts in the United States before and after the "Arab Spring." He is currently researching the development of Arab media law as well as the role of transnational media in US-Arab relations.