Sonita ★★★★½

Sonita was a young Afghani girl living illegally in Iran. In this suspenseful and inspiring documentary it is disclosed that she was an accomplished rapper (it is illegal for women to sing in Iran) whose mother traveled from Afghanistan to Iran to insist that her daughter submit to the family by returning home to an arranged marriage so that her older brother could use her marriage settlement of $9,000 to buy his own bride. This documentary tells of the amazing strength, wisdom and luck of this young girl as she fought back against custom with her music and her actions. As she interacted on screen with the Iranian woman filmmaker, the viewer is alternately terrified for Sonita and elevated by her creativity and courage. This is one of the better documentaries you'll see this year.