No Data Plan

A personal travelogue that captures the boredom, precarity and fantasies of an undocumented immigrant crossing America by train.
One Night Only Monday, November 4
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Director: Miko Revereza

 

2018, USA, 70 minutes, Digital, NR

Language: English and Tagalog

Distributor: Sentient.Art.Film

A film series that focuses on contemporary image based work that explore innovative ways of working with materiality, sound, & narrative.

Program Notes

A voiceless narrator rehashes details about his mother’s affair as he crosses America by train. “Mama has two phone numbers. We do not talk about immigration on her Obama phone. For that we use the other number with no data plan.” The linear train ride moving from Los Angeles to New York diverges into unruly directions of consciousness. A multiplicity of voices share thoughts, dreams and histories evoking images far away from the enclosed spaces of this trains interior. While capturing these landscapes and interiors through his lens, the moving images evidently illustrate an undocumented subjectivity, a site of precarious movement, migration and fugitivism in America.


ABOUT THE FILMMAKER

Miko Revereza (b.1988 Manila, Philippines) is an experimental filmmaker based in Los Angeles. Since relocating from Manila as a child, he has lived illegally in the United States for over 25 years. This life long struggle with documentation, assimilation and statelessness informs his films, DROGA! (2014), DISINTEGRATION 93-96 (2017) and his debut feature, No data plan (2018). Miko’s films have been widely screened and exhibited internationally at festivals such as, International Film Festival Rotterdam, Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival, International Short Film Festival Oberhausen, True/False Film Festival, Images Festival, and Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival. DISINTEGRATION 93-96 was featured and streamed on MUBI.com. He is listed as Filmmaker Magazine’s 2018 25 New Faces of Independent Cinema and is currently an MFA candidate at Bard College.


OFFICIAL SELECTION

International Film Festival Rotterdam
True/False Film Festival

Critics' Praise

“Quiet, contemplative, and legitimately brave, No Data Plan is that rarest of things: a personal film with real world consequences.”
— Jordan Cronk, Film Comment

“An oneiric, itinerant mediation (though not without its compounding climax) on exile, home, belonging and alienation in a country whose recent outright hostility towards migrants is no secret.”
— David Perrin, MUBI’s Notebook


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