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What's On > Sonita

Hat Factory Arts Centre

Date: Thursday 9th February, 2017
Time: 18:30 - 21:30
Cost: 6 / 3 concessions
10 / 5 concessions for both Culture in Conflict: Migration Films (Dheepan and Sonita)

Group discount: 2 tickets for all groups of 10+. Call the Box Office to book.
Booking information: Box Office: 01582 878100

Buy both Culture in Conflict: Migration Films

The Film Factory Partnership presents a Culture in Conflict: Migration screening

Sonita is a normal teenage girl with heaps of attitude. She idolises Rhianna, gossips with the other girls and fights with her older brother.  She dreams of being a famous rapper one day.

But as an Afghan teen living in Tehran, her dreams are dangerous: the Iranian government doesn’t allow girls to sing, and at home, she is expected to become a teenage bride. Stopping at nothing to achieve her dreams, Sonita’s inspirational and heart-warming story shines a light into the lives of ordinary people in Iran and Afghanistan, too often seen as just numbers in a news report.

Age guidance: PG

Running time: 91 minutes

Guest Speaker

Nazia Khanom OBE will speak about the human rights issues raised by the film, the extent and effects of forced marriages.

Nazia is a Bangladeshi-born British management consultant, and researcher who lives in Luton. Nazia lives in Luton and is Director of Equality in Diversity, a non-executive director for NHS Luton, chair of various voluntary community organisations.


Winner of Grand Jury Prize, Seattle 2016

Grand Jury Prize and Audience Award, Sundance Film Festival

Part of the Culture in Conflict Film Season

Each year, Culture in Conflict screens a short season of distinctive films that challenge religious, social and political oppression. They raise issues that affect us all and are directly relevant to our diverse communities in Luton. This year, there are two films about clashes between eastern and western cultures (Dheepan and Sonita) and two about the shortcomings of western social and financial systems (The Big Short and I, Daniel Blake).

Guest speakers will introduce the films and lead audience discussions after the screenings. Expect controversy and lively debate.