Brides for Sale - Sonita Storyville


Brides for Sale - Sonita

Documentary telling the story of a teenage girl in Iran pursuing her dreams against the odds. Sonita dreams of being a rap star, but is sold into marriage back home in Afghanistan.


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CHEERING AND APPLAUSE

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CROWD CHANTS: Sonita! Sonita! Sonita! Sonita!

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Sonita! Sonita! Sonita! Sonita! Sonita! Sonita!

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Sonita! Sonita! Sonita!

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GIRL LAUGHS

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CHILDREN SHOUT

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THEY LAUGH

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THEY LAUGH

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GIRL SOBS MOBILE RINGTONE CHIMES

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THEY CHEER

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SHE LAUGHS

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SHE RAPS

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SHE RAPS

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DOOR OPENS

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RINGING TONE

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RINGING TONE

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BUZZING

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SHE WHISPERS

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SHE RAPS

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SHE READS COMMENT IN ENGLISH

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THEY EXCLAIM WITH DELIGHT

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RINGING TONE

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My name is Cori.

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I'm with an organisation called the Strongheart Group.

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I love your video, I love your work as an artist.

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There's a school here in the US

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that a young woman from Afghanistan is going to.

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It's a wonderful school with a music programme

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and I talked to them about you and showed them your video.

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It's called Wasatch Academy.

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OK, OK.

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SHE TRANSLATES FROM ENGLISH

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OK.

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And they're very interested in discussing

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a scholarship with you to come to the school in the US.

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THEY SPEAK IN OWN LANGUAGE

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SHE EXCLAIMS WITH JOY

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Merci! Thank you!

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Now we have to get the birth certificate, the passport

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and then the visa because the visa is also hard to get.

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Thank you, Cori!

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You're welcome, Sonita. You're welcome, you're welcome.

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CAMERA CLICKS

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SHE LAUGHS

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GIRL CRIES

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SONITA RAPS

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SHE RAPS

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HE RAPS

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SHE LAUGHS, APPLAUSE

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Please, let's give a warm California welcome to Sonita.

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Let her hear it, let's go! Woo!

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CHEERING AND APPLAUSE

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SHE WHISPERS IN OWN LANGUAGE

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SHE RAPS IN OWN LANGUAGE

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CHEERING AND APPLAUSE

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This absorbing Storyville tells the inspirational story of a teenage girl pursuing her dreams against the odds. Sonita dreams of being a rap star performing for adoring fans, but as an 18-year-old illegal Afghan immigrant living in the poor suburbs of Tehran, opportunities are hard to come by.

Undeterred, Sonita pursues her dream, and with her friend Ahmad finds a recording company prepared to risk an unauthorised rap song that includes an illegal female solo, only to have their plans thwarted by Sonita's family. One of her brothers wants to get married, so Sonita must return to Afghanistan and be sold into marriage herself. The bride price she fetches will pay for her brother's wife.

Feisty, defiant and spirited Sonita continues the fight to live life her own way and overcome the many obstacles in her path, experiences which are powerfully and unflinchingly captured in her music.


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