The St. John’s International Women’s Film Festival and Lawnya Vanwya are co-presenting a screening of Sonita Wednesday, 7-10pm, at The Rocket Room on Water Street, as part of Lawnya Vawnya VII. Doors are 6:30, as the film starts 7 sharp.

Sonita is a feature-length documentary by Rokhsareh Ghaem Maghami, about an 18-year-old Afghan refugee in Iran, who thinks of Michael Jackson and Rihanna as her spiritual parents, and dreams of becoming a big-name rapper. For the time being, her only fans are the other girls in a Tehran shelter.

Her family has a very different future planned for her. Women aren’t allowed to sing in Iran, and as a bride, she’s worth $9,000. It’s a spin on the classic struggle to realize one’s dreams. Sonita won the World Documentary Audience Award and Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival in January 2016, as well as the Audience Award for Best Documentary at the IDFA Amsterdam Film Festival.

Tickets are available for $10, or you can use your Lawnya Vawnya Festival pass (first come first serve on the seating). You can also win a pair of passes using the form below … winners will be drawn Wednesday at 10:30am.

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