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Nervous Translation

OT: Nervous Translation

Shireen Seno // Philippines, 2018
Fiction Feature // FF2018
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The world between globalized clan and doll’s house, a playful portrait of a shy girl. Yael is often alone: her father works abroad, her mother till late in the evening. But the eight-year old prefers her own company anyway and communicates with the rest of the world only indirectly: by letter, phone or the cassettes her father sends. By allowing herself to concentrate on Yael’s dreamlike view of life, Shireen Seno has created a magical film at eye level with her main protagonist and at the same time a subjective eye-witness account of the turbulent years in 1980s Manila.


SHIREEN SENO (*1983) studied architecture and film sciences in Toronto. She works as a director and curator Quezon City (Philippines). Nervous Translation is her second feature film.



Nervous Translation

Fiction Feature


Asia Express//FF2018



91 min

OV with English subtitles

Shireen Seno

Shireen Seno

Jana Agoncillo, Angge Santos, Sid Lucero, Cocoy Lumbao

John Torres

Albert Banzon, Jippy Pascua, Dennese Victoria

John Torres, Shireen Seno

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