The National Gallery of Art Presents No Data Plan Directed by Miko Revereza

By Editorial Team on January 21, 2020

Discussion: Sunday, January 26 at 4pm

Best Documentary 2019 ~ Hyperallergic
Top 50 Films of 2019 ~ Sight and Sound, BFI
Winner Art Doc Award 2019 ~ Sheffield DOC/Fest

Discussion with Miko Revereza

The highly personal work of award-winning filmmaker Miko Revereza questions what it means to belong. His Disintegration 93-96 is a frenetic collage of home movies that highlight his father’s increasingly strained relationship to his immediate family, all living in the United States undocumented. (Miko Revereza, 2017, 6 minutes)

No Data Plan, Revereza’s first feature, is a diaristic road movie captured in passenger-train interiors as the filmmaker travels from Los Angeles to New York City. Revereza “serves as the backdrop to this highly personal reflection on the experience of undocumented people in ICE-age America,” according to Film at Lincoln Center’s Art of the Real festival, one of the many places the film screened this year. (Miko Revereza, 2019, 70 minutes) The screening at the Gallery is followed by a Skyped conversation with the artist, who recently chose to return to the Philippines.

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.

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