Rooftop Films Announces Three Nights of Documentary Film with International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam, July 20 to July 22 2016

Still from Sonita, courtesy of Women Make Movies

Rooftop Films will present three evenings of ground-breaking and creative documentaries, presented in partnership with International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA), the world’s largest documentary film festival. The three events will take place in various locations across New York City from Wednesday, July 20 to Friday, July 22.

The program will begin with a free screening of Rokhsareh Ghaem Maghami’s layered IDFA Audience Award-winner Sonita cheap ponstel medication on July 20 at Socrates Sculpture Park. This will be followed by a collection of some of the best Dutch-made short films from recent festivals on July 21 at the Trilok Fusion Center for the Arts. The program will conclude at Industry City on July 22 with a special screening of Jerzy Sladkowski’s contemplative 2016 Jury Award-winner Don Juan. All three events will include live music and the latter two will include after-parties sponsored by Stella Artois.

“We are very excited to be partnering with IDFA this summer,” says Rooftop Films Programmer Dominic Davis. “As New York City, and Brooklyn in particular, has become the center of documentary filmmaking in the US, it just feels natural to bring this focus on IDFA, the largest platform for docs in the world, to our audience. We hope doc filmmakers and movie-goers alike will come to these shows, experience IDFA’s programming, and meet the festival organizers.”

Press passes, press photos, and screener links are available upon request. More information about the program can be found on

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July 20
Free at Socrates Sculpture Park. Astoria, Queens.


(Rokhsareh Ghaem Maghami | Iran / Germany / Switzerland | 90 min.)
Sonita tells the inspiring story of Sonita Alizadeh, an 18-year-old Afghan refugee in Iran, who thinks of Michael Jackson and Rihanna as her spiritual parents and dreams of becoming a big-name rapper. For the time being, her only fans are the other teenage girls in a Tehran shelter. And her family has a very different future planned for her: as a bride she’s worth $9,000. Iranian director Rokhsareh Ghaem Maghami poignantly shifts from observer to participant altering expectations, as Sonita’s story unfolds in an intimate and joyful portrait.

Presented in partnership with IDFA, Women Make Movies, and Socrates Sculpture Park.

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July 21
At Trilok Fusion Center for the Arts. Clinton Hill, Brooklyn.

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The International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA) is the largest and most diverse documentary film festival in the world. Rooftop Films is excited to partner with IDFA this year to present some of the best short documentaries from the Dutch festival.  Far from provincial, these filmmakers have traveled to the far corners of the world—even offering an outsiders perspective of the U.S.—to deliver innovative and riveting documents of the lifelike dolls (and people who keep them), Syrian snipers, Baptist preachers, and misunderstood teenagers who populate our planet.
THE FILMS: Buy Ninnoc online Nikki Padiddar, 18’ | Calling Ukraine Jean Cournet, 12’ | My Silicone Love Sophie Dros, 28’| Dereviled Davis Haines, 10’ | The Sniper of Kobani Reber Dosky, 12’

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July 22
At Industry City. Sunset Park, Brooklyn


(Jerzy Sladkowski | Sweden / Finland | 92 min.)
A four-sided love triangle, spiced with autism, neuroses and life crises in the Russian city of Nizhny Novgorod. The 22-year-old autistic young man Oleg is seeking approval and love. He is surrounded by many who want to help him, but no-one succeeds. Suddenly help comes from an unexpected direction.

Presented in Partnership with IDFA and the Swedish Film Institute.

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Rooftop Films is a non-profit organization whose mission is to engage and inspire the diverse communities of New York City by showcasing the work of emerging filmmakers and musicians. In addition to their annual Summer Series – which takes place in unique outdoor venues every weekend throughout the summer – Rooftop provides grants to filmmakers, teaches media literacy and filmmaking to young people, rents equipment at low-cost to artists and non-profits, and produces new independent films.  For more information and updates please visit their website at