The entire Wasatch Academy community is attending the Sundance Film Festival to witness the North American premiere of Sonita. The film depicts in detail her perilous journey to freedom and narrow escape to the United States. Sonita fled from a conflict with her parents, who were intent on selling her into marriage to an unknown suitor. The documentary concludes with her arrival at Wasatch Academy where she is currently on scholarship studying with the hope of becoming an attorney specializing in human rights law.
The award-winning documentary dramatizing her life and her courageous crusade to end child marriage won the official Audience Award as the most popular film at the International Documentary Film Festival. The documentary is now an official selection of the Sundance Institute, one of only 120 films chosen from among over 12,000 films submitted for the upcoming 2016 international competition later this month. Sonita’s strong, outspoken opposition to forced marriage has drawn a worldwide following of over a quarter million people who have listened to her music video on Youtube. Sonita’s extraordinary moral strength has led to her selection by the BBC as among the top 100 women of 2015 and by Foreign Policy magazine as one of the leading Global Thinkers.