Like so many other girls in Afghanistan, Sonita was set to be sold off in marriage. She refused, however, and recorded the song "Brides for Sale". Her success protest is now recalled in a documentary film.
Her family wanted to sell her as a bride. An Iranian film director saved her by breaking the main rule of documentary filmmaking: do not interfere. The story became one of the best documentaries of the year, "Sonita."
The co-chief of the Greens has accused Germany's government of complying with the Turkish regime's crackdown on liberties. Cem Özdemir also says Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel needs to stop deportations to Afghanistan.
Art Cologne turns 50. Movie composer Hans Zimmer tours Europe. Sebastian Copeland has a new photo book highlighting climate change. And: a young Afghan woman raps her way out of forced marriage.
Ötzi the iceman hits the big screen, a mother flees and a family takes an unsettling vacation in the German contributions at the Locarno Film Festival. For DW's Julia Hitz, the German entries weren't daring enough.
Judith Jones, the American editor who once rescued Anne Frank's diary from a rejection pile and championed legendary cookbook writer Julia Child, has passed away of complications from Alzheimer's.
Country singer Glen Campbell has died after a battle with Alzheimer's. Known for hits like "Rhinestone Cowboy" and "Wichita Lineman," he was one of the first country artists to cross over into popular music.
By some calculations, hip-hop is celebrating 44 years as a musical genre and a movement this weekend. German rap is not quite so old, but there have been three rhyme-rich decades so far.
Millions of kissing and laughing smileys are sent out in text messages every day. As they now become superstars in "The Emoji Movie," here's a look back at how the hype surrounding the visual language developed.
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