IDFA ’15: “Sonita” wins audience award

Rokhsareh Ghaem Maghami's Sonita (pictured) has won the audience award at the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam.
December 1, 2015

Rokhsareh Ghaem Maghami’s Sonita (pictured) has won the audience award at the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA).

The doc follows 18-year-old Sonita Alizadeh, an undocumented Afghan immigrant who lives illegally in Tehran, Iran, and aspires to become a rapper. The film picked up the BankGiro Loterij IDFA Audience Award, valued at €5,000 (US$5,284), and earlier won the Doc U Award.

Meanwhile, taking home the IDFA Music Audience Award was Suzanne Raes’ Boudewijn de Groot – Come Closer. The award, which comes with a €2,500 cash prize, goes to the music documentary that scores highest with festival audiences. Raes’ doc follows Dutch singer Boudewijn de Groot as he prepares for a farewell concert featuring his biggest hits.

Both awards were presented at Amsterdam’s Tuschinski theater on the closing night of the festival. IDFA ran from November 18 to 29.

The next edition of the Dutch festival takes place from November 16 to 27, 2016.


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