Miko Revereza

22 January 2021—22 January 2022

Online film screening, DROGA!, 2014, Super 8, 8 min.

Miko Revereza’s DROGA! reveals the American dream as a hallucination. Amidst the trip, planes take off and land, administrative documents officialise and moving images, well, move. They travel via home movies, television, hard disks, moulding the hallucination. Towards the end of the film, we hear Revereza listing absences—no people, no market, no word, no child— in Tagalog. His mother tongue, is also running away from him. This effort in remembering and resuscitating language is pursued in a later film, Distancing (2019), which documents the artist’s departure from the United States and return to the Philippines.

Miko Revereza, DROGA!, 2014, Super 8, 8 min.

Miko Revereza
United States / Mexico

Miko Revereza is an award-winning experimental filmmaker, educated at Bard College. Moving from Manila, he has lived illegally in the United States for years. The work of this undocumented documentary filmmaker is strongly influenced by his own struggle with documentation and the exclusion that comes with it. Revereza's documentary film debut Droga!/Drug! (2014) was nominated for Best Experimental Documentary in Jihlava. His feature debut No Data Plan (2019) has its world premiere at IFFR.