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Miko Revereza
United States, 2019
Production : Cine Droga


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

Tënk's film review

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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Miko Revereza

Miko Revereza (né en 1988) est un cinéaste expérimental originaire de Manille qui vivait depuis des années aux États-Unis en situation irrégulière. Son père est arrivé illégalement des Philippines en 1990, alors que Miko avait deux ans, sa mère trois ans plus tard. Revereza n'a pas de diplôme de premier cycle, mais il est entré directement au Bard College. Outre des courts métrages, il a réalisé des clips musicaux et des installations dans des galeries d'art, et a tenu un journal vidéo de ses voyages. Le travail de ce documentariste sans papiers est fortement influencé par sa propre lutte contre la discrimination et l'exclusion. Son premier film documentaire "Droga/Drug !" (2014) a été nominé pour le meilleur documentaire expérimental au Jihlava Festival. Son premier long métrage, "No Data Plan" (2019), a fait sa première mondiale à l'IFFR (Rotterdam). "Distancing" a été présenté en 2019 au Festival de Locarno. Son projet de long métrage "Nowhere Near" figure parmi les 20 projets en compétition dans la section spéciale "The Films After Tomorrow" du Festival de Locarno 2020.

Other films in the collection: Locarno Film Festival