Sonita is an independent producer and director based in North London. Sonita’s heritage is central to her storytelling. As a daughter of migrant parents, elevating the stories of migrants and marginalised communities has been at the forefront of her work.
Hostile is her directorial debut. Through the impact campaign for the film, Sonita hopes to influence change in immigration policies. Hostile premiered at Raindance Film Festival in October 2021, and was selected for the Cambridge Film Festival, the London Migration Film Festival and the 2021 South London Film Festival where it won the award for Best Documentary Feature.
Hostile was longlisted for three BIFA awards for Best Documentary, Best Debut Director, and the Raindance Discovery Award.
Prior to Hostile, Sonita has collaborated with 2020 Golden Globe-winner Brian Cox. Her first project as lead Producer with Galeforce Films – Andrew Carnegie: Rags to Riches, Power to Peace – premiered at the 2015 Edinburgh International Film festival. She is developing the Andrew Carnegie story into a limited series, with Brian Cox in the lead role and serving as EP.
She has also teamed up with John Legend’s company Get Lifted Film Co. to co-produce a music documentary centred on the female artists who inspired a music icon, directed by the Emmy Award-winning Geeta Gandbhir. Alongside this,
Sonita is developing a hip hop documentary set in India, with the Oscar-nominated Smriti Mundhra and Jerry Henry as directors, and co-produced by the award-winning Shelby Stone and Derek Dudley of ID8 Multimedia.
In 2020, Sonita produced a short film, International Health Service, directed by the Emmy and BAFTA-nominated Ursula Macfarlane, as well as the lockdown comedy web-series Happy Epidemic created by Jonathan Jude. Both have been selected for multiple festivals and won awards.