Programmed by Allison Collins
DIM Cinema presents a double-bill evening of Philippines-made feature works by filmmakers Shireen Seno and John Torres, plus a selection of short works by Miko Revereza. The program contemplates what it means to be both in and ‘of’ a place while interrogating nationalisms and the lasting effects of Western imperialism. America’s checkered past of influence in Southeast Asia forms the backdrop: as a cultural measuring post in Seno’s experimental feature Big Boy; and in Torres’s latest film, People Power Bombshell, as the catalyzing force for a fictional account of Vietnamese refugees fleeing to the Philippines. As prelude to each feature, short works by Miko Revereza, an emerging voice in Filipino-American filmmaking, have been selected as contemplative inscriptions of direct commentary, and for awareness of how national identity traverses literal borders.
Big Boy | Philippines 2013. Dir: Shireen Seno. 89 min. DCP
Disintegration 93-96 | USA 2017. Dir: Miko Revereza. 5 min. DCP
Droga! | USA 2013. Dir: Miko Revereza. 8 min. DCP
People Power Bombshell: The Diary of Vietnam Rose | Philippines 2016. Dir: John Torres. 89 min. DCP
Image: Still from Disintegration, 2017, copyright Miko Revereza