*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,
    1:00 p.m.

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

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