Toñita's | Short documentary

Director & Editor

Toñita’s (2014, 21 min) is a documentary portrait of the last Puerto Rican social club in South Williamsburg, Brooklyn, its regulars and the beloved community matriarch Maria Toñita. Produced as a part of UnionDocs Collaborative Studio.

* Premiere: 2014 MoMA Documentary Fortnight

Directors: Beyza Boyacioglu & Sebastian Diaz

Producers: Beyza Boyacioglu & Sebastian Diaz & UnionDocs

Cinematography: Beyza Boyacioglu

Editors: Beyza Boyacioglu & Sebastian Diaz

Sound Recording: Sebastian Diaz

Color and VXF: John Mattiuzzi

Sound Mix: Nikola Chapelle

Title Design and Animation: Jenni Yang


2019 Elsewhere (Brooklyn, NY)

2017 Barbican Centre (London, UK)

2016 The Brattle Theatre, DocYard (Cambridge, MA)

2016 Society for Visual Anthropology Film and Media Festival (Minneapolis, MN)

2016 Maysles Cinema, An Open Letter to NYC: Immigrant Documentary Filmmakers and Their Films (New York, NY)

2016 Metrograph Theatre (New York, NY)

2016 Black Light Film and Video Series (Richmond, VA)

2015 MoMA PS1, Greater New York Exhibition (Long Island City, NY)

2015 Anthology Film Archives, New Filmmakers Series (New York, NY)

2015 Museum of Fine Arts, Boston Turkish Film Festival (Boston, MA)

2015 Architektur.Film.Sommer (Vienna, Austria)

2015 Sakip Sabanci Museum, Reunion Exhibition (Istanbul, Turkey)

2015 San Diego Latino Film Festival (San Diego, CA) ** Best Short Documentary Award

2015 The Chicago International Movies and Music Film Festival (Chicago, IL)

2015 Rincon International Film Festival (Rincon, Puerto Rico)

2015 Boston Cinema Census (Somerville, MA)

2015 Picture Farm Film Festival (New York, NY)

2015 San Antonio Cinefestival (San Antonio, TX)

2014 MoMA Documentary Fortnight (New York, NY) ** World Premiere

2014 Morelia International Film Festival (Morelia, Mexico)

2014 New Orleans Film Festival (New Orleans, LA)

2014 Brooklyn Museum (Brooklyn, NY)

2014 Museum of Fine Arts, Boston Turkish Documentary and Short Film Festival (Boston, NY) ** Best Short Documentary Award

2014 Brooklyn Film Festival (Brooklyn, NY) ** Brooklyn Pride Award

2014 Documentarist (Istanbul, Turkey)

2014 Bushwick Film Festival (Brooklyn, NY)

2014 Corto Circuito (New York, NY)

2014 International Puerto Rican Heritage Film Festival (New York, NY)

2013 Creative Time Summit 2013: Art, Place, and Dislocation in the 21st Century (New York, NY)

2013 UnionDocs, community screening at Lindsay Park (Brooklyn, NY)

2013 Flux Factory, Borderless ommunity screening (Queens, NY)

2013 The Caribbean Sports Club, community screening (Brooklyn, NY)

2013 Los Sures Senior Center, community screening (Brooklyn, NY)