Beyza Boyacioglu (MFA 2012 Computer Art) and Sebastian Diaz's short documentary, “Toñita’s" will have its world premiere at Documentary Fortnight 2014: MoMA’s International Festival of Nonfiction Film and Media. The film will screen as a part of the Shorts Program: American Stories, on February 22 at 2pm and on February 23 at 5pm. Both screenings will be followed by a discussion with the directors Beyza Boyacioglu and Sebastian Diaz, along with other filmmakers.
Toñita’s dives into the microcosm of The Caribbean Social Club, fondly labeled ‘Toñita’s’ after its owner Maria Toñita, in order to talk about identity, urban space and displacement. Revealed as the matriarch of the community, Toñita is devoted to sustain the club as a hub for the Caribbean people “until she falls”. The film interweaves observational club scenes with testimonials of its colorful regulars, revealing the infamous history of a Caribbean neighborhood, as well as the club’s resistance to rapid gentrification. Music and dance constitute a crucial part of the film, as Toñita’s is a love letter to ‘Nuyorican’ culture.
Building upon Toñita’s short film, the filmmakers are currently developing a feature length documentary, titled The Caribbean.
Toñita’s was produced in 2013 UnionDocs Collaborative Studio and is a part of UnionDocs’ Living Los Sures project. This multifaceted project restores Diego Echeverria’s 1984 film Los Sures (Southside), makes it accessible to audiences online, remixes local histories through a web documentary platform, and reinvestigates Southside of Williamsburg, Brooklyn today through a collection of short films.
Shorts Program: American Stories
February 22 2014, 2:00pm
Premiere & discussion after the program The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 1, MoMA
February 23 2014, 5:00pm
Discussion after the program The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 2, MoMA
ABOUT MOMA’S DOCUMENTARY FORTNIGHT
Since 2001, February has marked the return of Documentary Fortnight, MoMA’s annual showcase of innovative recent nonfiction film and media. This year’s festival runs from February 1428 includes 20 feature films, 10 shorts, two classics, and one installation, from more than 20 countries, in an examination of the relationship between contemporary art and nonfiction filmmaking, and of new approaches to nonfiction practice.
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