Rokhsareh Ghaem Maghami

was born in Tehran and studied filmmaking and animation in Tehran Art University. Her published essays and research include the book, “Animated Documentary: A New Way to Express,” published in Persian in 2009. Her short documentary works include Pigeon Fanciers (2000), A Loud Solitude (2010), Born 20 Minutes Late (2010), Going Up the Stairs (2011), and the animated documentary Cyanosis (2007).


Pigeon Fanciers, 2000; Cyanosis, 2007; A Loud Solitude, 2010; Born 20 Minutes Late, 2010; Going Up the Stairs, 2011; Sonita, 2015.
Award for Discovery of New Subjects and New Heroes – “Silver Nanook”

Sonita (12+)

Germany, Switzerland, Iran, 2015, colour, 90 min.
Director: Rokhsareh Ghaem Maghami
Sonita is 18 and she escaped from Afghanistan to Iran. The girl loves rap and dreams of a musician’s career, though her family has other plans. They want to sell her as a bride to the new family. The price of the girl is 9000 dollars.


International URTI Grand Prix; New Talent Award – Biografilm; Youth Jury Award - Sheffield Doc/Fest; Audience Award – DocumentMadrid; Audience Award - One World International Film Festival; World Documentary Grand Jury Prize & Audience Award – Sundance; Audience Award & Doc U Award – IDFA.