NO DATA PLAN
USA I 2019 I COLOR I 70 MINS I ENGLISH, TAGALO
“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.” Miko Revereza, who lived illegally for years in the United States, embarks on a cross-country train ride – from Los Angeles to New York – in this hybrid documentary that offers an oblique commentary on immigration and belonging. Stories in No Data Plan meet, merge and drift apart like train tracks. It is a film in constant motion, with an eye for rich, evocative detail: the director´s journey represented by the landscapes that slip by dirty train or plane windows, the play of light on a surface, an old man shuffling across a platform or the page of a book barely moving in a breeze. A sparse, beautiful example of storytelling from the margins, Revereza offers a troubling portrait of modern-day United States.
Review by: Chloë Roddick
Miko Revereza | Philippines, 1988
Miko Revereza is an experimental filmmaker educated at Bard College. After moving from Manila, he has lived illegally in the United States for years. His work is strongly influenced by his own struggle with migration and the exclusion it entails. His debut film Droga! / Drug! (2014) was nominated as Best Experimental Documentary at the Jihlava Film Festival. No Data Plan, his first feature film, premiered at the Rotterdam International Film Festival.