"Sonita" Screening and Panel Discussion on International Women's Day

Wednesday, March 8 6:00 PM-9:00 PM


Asha Purdue Global Film Fest celebrates International Women's Day on March 8 at Purdue University with screening of powerful film "SONITA" followed by panel discussion: "Two Steps Forward, One Step Back- Women's Rights Progress Across the World." 

"SONITA" - Story of an 18-year-old female, an undocumented Afghan illegal immigrant living in the poor suburbs of Tehran. She is a feisty, spirited, young woman who fights to live the way she wants, as an artist, singer, and musician in spite of all her obstacles she confronts in Iran and her conservative patriarchal family. In harsh contrast to her goal is the plan of her family – strongly advanced by her mother – to make her a bride and sell her to a new family. The price right now is about US$ 9.000. If 18-year old Sonita had a say in things, Michael Jackson would be her father and Rihanna her mother. She captures her dream of being a famous rapper in her scrapbook. For the time being, her only fans are the other teenage girls in a Tehran shelter. What's more, women aren't allowed to sing in Iran. How can Sonita still succeed in making her dreams come true?

Panel Discussion after the movie: "Two Steps Forward, One Step Back- Women's Rights Progress Across the World" Panelists: Dr. Ellen Gruenbaum, Dept of Anthropology Anthropology Department - Purdue University; Dr Mangala Subramaniam, Purdue Sociology; Dr Su'ad Abdul Khabeer Dept of Anthroplogy and African American Studies; Gulcin Con, Phd Candidate, Dept of Sociology and Gerontology 

Sponsoring Organization(s): Purdue University Asian American and Asian Resource and Cultural Centerin collaboration with Purdue School of Interdisciplinary Studies, Purdue Women's Gender and Sexuality Studies, Purdue Science Diversity Office, CLA Global Studies at Purdue, Purdue Film and Video Studies, Purdue Black Cultural Center, Susan Bulkeley Butler Center for Leadership Excellence , Purdue Center for Research on Diversity and Inclusion, ADVANCE-Purdue, American Studies at Purdue University, SOGA, German Movie Night, Purdue German Culture Club.

LOCATION: Fowler Hall, Stewart Center

TIME: Mar. 8th, 6:00 pm

ADMISSION: Free and open to the public