Kill Your darlings: Sonita

With a heavy heart, filmmakers delete scenes, because with hindsight they do not fit the story, do not really add anything, are too long or for another reason. Here, the respective directors explain why one of their darlings was yet killed. This time, Rokhsareh Ghaemmaghami of Sonita:

'I was thinking it would be very essential to introduce the organization, the situation of children whom they help and Sonita's history in that organization. I wanted to shed some light on the social situation of immigrant children like Sonita in Iran and the fact that they cannot go to school. 

But while discussing things with the editor and producer, we came to the conclusion that we needed to start the main story earlier and this informative sequence is not directly connected to the main story, so we should take it out. 

It is still painful for me to think about it.'


  • Rokhsareh Ghaemmaghami
  • 2016
  • 90 min

    Illegally living in Tehran, an 18-year old Afghani refugee named Sonita dreams of being a rapper in this exciting document of her search for her own path in life. 

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