Nervous Translation.  2018. Philippines. Directed by Shireen Seno. Courtesy of Shireen Seno

Nervous Translation. 2018. Philippines. Directed by Shireen Seno. In Filipino; English subtitles. 90 min.

North American Premiere

Informed by filmmaker Shireen Seno’s childhood in the Filipino diaspora and her dual training in film and architecture, this sophomore work is a stylized evocation of a child's fanciful interpretation of the world around her. Eight-year-old Yael, left to her own devices after school, secretly plays and replays audio cassettes her father sends home to her mother while working overseas; pursues happiness as communicated to her via a TV advertisement; and, in fanciful scenes that evoke the work of American artist Laurie Simmons, enters the meditative, immersive world of her dollhouse’s kitchen. Seno offers fleeting clues from the late-eighties outside world, hinting at societal turmoil following Ferdinand Marcos's ouster and complicated adult relations, but these never overshadow her film‘s touching depiction of childhood imagination.

    1. Sunday, April 8, 2018,
      1:00 p.m.

      Lincoln Center, Walter Reade Theater
    2. Saturday, April 7, 2018,
      8:45 p.m.

      The Museum of Modern Art, Floor T2, Theater 2
    This film accompanies New Directors/New Films 2018.