Directed by Maren Wickwire. 2018. United States. 57 minutes.
Country/region featured: Cyprus, Philippines
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Together Apart is an intimate family portrait, at the heart of which are two indigenous women from the Philippine highlands. Both leave their children behind to seek work in Europe. Guil Ann, a twenty-five-year-old woman, follows her mother Carren’s footsteps to work as a live-in domestic helper in Cyprus. Having lived apart for most of their lives, mother and daughter are reunited for the first time in years - only to be separated again when Carren gets arrested by the Cypriot immigration police. This feature film contemplates notions of selfhood, belonging, and care, shifting between the transitory present, and projections onto the future, that can mark the serial migrants’ experience.
Distributed by Manifest Media