Niki Padidar

Thursday Jul 21, 2016

The Roof of Trilok Fusion Center for the Arts
Clinton Hill
143 Waverly Ave. Brooklyn, NY 11205
G to Clinton/Washington

8:00PMDoors Open and reception sponsored by Stella Artois
8:30PMLive Music by Adesuwa
9:00PMFilms Begin
10:30PMQ&A with filmmakers


This Show Presented in Partnership With
Dutch Culture USA
International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA)
Stella Artois

Ninnoc (Niki Padidar | Netherlands | 19 min.)

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Filmmaker's Website

Ninnoc doesn’t like cliques. Why do they all have to behave – and look – the same? Ninnoc has big blue eyes, she dances and sings, and she is a strong-willed girl. She can’t describe herself, but if she feels excluded, this is the sound it makes: “Wawawawawawawawa.” Then her hair trembles, she gets a headache and a constant ringing sound in her ears: “Aaaaaaaaahhh.” She didn’t fit in at her old school, and she keeps to herself at the new one. She doesn’t want to join in with those other people, but she’s also afraid of being shut out. “People only see who I appear to be. There are only a couple who know who I am. You can only see what I want you to see, and there’s lots behind that smile that you don’t even know about.” Ninnoc ruminates on the question of what’s “normal” and “different” and “popular” (the quotation marks are hers), and we see her moving around an empty school, in a classroom full of children and in a classroom full of Ninnocs. The film's camerawork and editing echo Ninnoc’s feelings, helping the viewer to understand why such a bright young girl would find some things so difficult.


Niki is a director, 36 years old, born in Tehran, Iran and lives in Amsterdam. Her favorite color is yellow. Her passport says he’s 1.58m tall, but she’s actually 1.56m (1.54m).
Niki mainly makes stories for children and young adults. Besides directing, she comes up with and executes new concepts, writes screenplays and does artwork.

NINNOC is her documentary debut.

In this documentary you crawl in Ninnoc's head. And find her in an empty school. Ninnoc struggles when she is in a group. She doesn't just want to adapt to the others, but she's also afraid of being excluded. Can you deviate in a group? Or will you then end up alone?

Niki likes to visualize the hidden world of thoughts and fantasies. She wants the viewer to be surprised or confused after seeing her stories. And preferably to doubt their own version of reality.

Niki lives in Amsterdam, studied photography at the New School University in New York, did an orientation year at the Rietveld art Academy in Amsterdam and studied communication science at the University of Amsterdam.

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