Film Details

Nervous Translation

Film Synopsis

It’s 1987 and the People Power Revolution has resulted in the fall of President Marcos as a massive typhoon approaches the Philippines. For eight-year-old Yael, however, the larger world outside means little as she performs dance routines for her family, play-bakes with her mini-stove and secretly listens to audio cassettes of her father who has spent years away from home working in Saudi Arabia. As the complicated adult relationships swirl just as ferociously inside her home as the storm outside, Yael is isolated but becomes enamoured with a commercial for a writing pen that can properly translate her thoughts and feelings, and enters a fantastical and immersive world set inside her dollhouse’s kitchen.


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