Nervous Translation (2017) | SEA of Sadness

  • August 3, 2019 | 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM | Saturday
  • Oldham Theatre


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Director: Shireen Seno
Runtime: 90 minutes
Country: Philippines
Language: Filipino, Tagalog with English subtitles
Rating: PG

NETPAC AWARD (Best Asian Feature Film)
Rotterdam International Film Festival 2018
Shanghai International Film Festival 2018

The Philippines, 1987: not long after the People Power Revolution that brought about the fall of President Marcos. It is a precarious time for the nation, but eight-year-old Yael, shy to a fault, lives in her own private world. With her mother often at work and her father overseas for the same reason, Yael spends her time writing and listening to cassette-tape letters that her father sends back home. One day, she finds out about a pen that can “translate” the thoughts and feelings of nervous people. Meanwhile, a typhoon approaches. Nervous Translation captures the confusing and magical moments in the life of a child who, though preferring to be by herself, deep down longs to be heard.

*The director will be present for a post-screening discussion.