Director and screenplay: Rokhsareh Ghaem Maghami
18 year old Sonita Alizadeh is on a stage in California. With deer eyes and dazzling white teeth, the rapper whispers the beginning of the hip hop song "Brides for Sale". The words are foreign to the American audience, but conveyed with a glowing intensity that elicits response. And Sonita's story is truly adventurous. During the three years Sonita was the protagonist of Iranian Rokhsareh Ghaem Maghami's documentary, she transformed with the director's help from paperless Afghan refugee who washed toilets in Iran, to hip-hop phenomenon and activist in the United States.
Favorite Adventure. Directors who document societal problems cannot help but be confronted with their own role in the field. Should they be a passive observer in the hope that someone in the audience addresses the fight against injustice – or should they be an active driver for positive change? IN The others (2012), Margreth Olin chose to keep the role of observer, and not to help the deported young asylum seekers too much, even though she later remarked that it was a difficult one. . .