Pushed By Her Fundamentalist Family into an Arranged Marriage, She Fights Back With this Music Video


The new documentary SONITA, about Sonita Alizadeh, screens at the AFS Cinema on Wednesday, October 12.

As the teenage daughter in an Afghan refugee family in Iran, Sonita Alizadeh is in a difficult position. A free spirit, who aspires to a career in music, she is also a member of a highly religious tradition that forbids the making of music. Additionally, her very poor family can make the equivalent in $9,000 if they agree to offer her in an arranged marriage.

As the tensions ratchet up, Sonita tells her side of the story in the only way she knows how, through her words, music, and filmmaking. The song is a direct plea to her parents and is very, very powerful.