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The DocYard: No Data Plan [postponed]

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The DocYard events have been postponed until further notice. Updated information will be posted at as it becomes available.

The American road movie is renewed in this essential essay film about documentation, precarity, family, and freedom of movement.


Director: Miko Revereza
Film Details: 2019, 70 minutes, DCP, color, sound, English and Tagalog with English subtitles

World Premiere at IFFR. Prize winner at Sheffield Doc/Fest. Official selection of True/False, Art of the Real, Open City, Yamagata, LA Asian Pacific Film Festival, San Diego Asian Film Festival.

Filmmaker Miko Revereza will be present via Skype for a post-screening Q&A with the DocYard’s Guest Curator, Abby Sun.

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This unconventional Amtrak journey from Los Angeles to New York starts with director Miko Revereza describing how his undocumented mother has two phones: “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.” With this premise, Revereza builds mystery, combining his own journey with his discovery of his mother’s affair with a much younger man and memories of their lives and relatives back in the Philippines. His trip floats through dream states and into a fugitive state of mind, weaving together an ingenious mix of captions, subtitles, interviews with friends and family, and kinetic observational footage shot on and in between America’s crumbling train travel infrastructure.

This essay film tackles life-changing ideas with aplomb, doling out revelations as plot and as a state of being. Revereza’s camerawork is always deft and in full control, edited with a wild sense of momentum when in a rush and full of contemplative beauty. Even as it ambles cross country, the film dismisses false promises of freedom and evocatively conveys the particularities of Revereza and his family’s precarious existence, especially his own status as a DREAMer. No Data Plan is a poignant and furious expression of the cinema of resistance from a notable first-time feature director. (AS)

Brattle Staff Pick! Joey

“Quiet, contemplative, and legitimately brave, No Data Plan is that rarest of things: a personal film with real world consequences.” Jordan Cronk, Film Comment

“One of the very best films I’ve seen this year—invention, innovation, emotion wrenched from necessity.” Ashley Clark, Director of Film Programming at BAM

Miko Revereza Select Filmography
Distancing (2019, short)
No Data Plan (2019)
Disintegration 93-96 (2017, short)
Droga!/Drug! (2014, short)

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