The incredible story of Wasatch Academy student Sonita Alizadeh (’17) and her narrow escape from forced marriage has captured the hearts and minds of critics and audiences alike, both here in the United States and throughout the world.
Sonita with her director, Rokhsareh Ghaemmaghami, at the Sundance Festival (Getty Images)
“Sonita“, the documentary narrating her fearless efforts to end child marriage in the name of human rights and gender equity, has been hailed as the best and most popular documentary in the World Cinema category at Sundance Film Festival, winning both the Grand Jury prize and the Audience Award at the “most important film festival in America.” Accepting the prizes at the Sundance Awards ceremony were Sonita herself and the internationally acclaimed director of the documentary, Rokhsareh Ghaemmaghami. They certainly seemed to have enjoyed the experience of working together on the film; as the internationally-acclaimed director stated: “The award was when I started working with Sonita. Every day she was awarding me with her energy, and the emotion that I had, and for being, somehow, my daughter – the daughter I never had.”
The WIRE interviewed Rokhsareh Ghaemmaghami at the Sundance premiere about how the film director discovered Sonita and the challenges they both faced in getting her story out to the world at large. The following is the verbatim transcription of this interview.