Join us at Cinema Nova for an exclusive screening of this extraordinary film (not on general release) to raise funds for the Brunswick Women's Choir. Be seated by 7pm to catch a special performance by the Brunswick Womens Choir before the film.
Synopsis: Sonita is 18-years-old, 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.
The main storyline of the film builds around Sonita’s struggle to escape a forced marriage. She fights with the dilemma of not losing her family, but still be able to build a life of her own. In order to do so, she needs to obtain resident status, and to record and make video clips for her songs on a miniscule budget. Through this, we witness her family and their dilemmas and get to know her friends and colleagues who are also child laborers in the NGO “House of Affection”. Will Sonita be forced into marriage? Will she succeed in recording her songs? Will her family manage to take her back to Afghanistan? The film unfolds in Sonita’s home, at the NGO and in music studios in and around Teheran. Later we will need to travel to her hometown in Afghanistan.
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Bring 'em all in ASRC benefit gig
Many of you were in attendance at our sellout gig at the Coburg Town Hall on March 26. We had such a great afternoon, singing with the wonderful Acoustic Kitchen. But best of all we raised $7,211 for the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre. Huge thanks to you, our community, for all your support.