In 16mm colour, Miko Revereza films the logistics and poetic dimension of his decision to go back to the Philippines, leaving the US where he arrived at the age of two. A personal document that anticipates a major departure from the land of exile where he’s an illegal immigrant to the country of his birth.
Locarno 2019 - Cinéaste en compétition "The Films After Tomorrow" 2020
Distancing is director Miko Revereza’s last work in the United States where he used to reside as an undocumented Filipino migrant for much of his upbringing. Just weeks after premiering the film at last year’s Locarno Film Festival (in the section Moving Ahead), he departed for his home country, leaving the US where his family continue to live and where he won’t be able to return for years to come. The short, poetic film marks the sense of melancholy he felt before this pivotal moment of departure. “Maybe most things familiar will disappear or change completely.” A year since, so much has changed for this young director as another external force limits his freedom of movement – the virus outbreak – while he works on his second feature Nowhere Near.
Julian Ross, programmateur du Festival du film de Locarno
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