The Goethe-Institut Cyprus in cooperation with the Agora Dialogue
organizes an extra film screening
of the documentary film Together Apart
by Maren Wickwire on Friday 16th of March 2018 at the exhibition hall of the Goethe – Institut in Nicosia at 7 p.m.
It was in 2016 when the Exhibition Island in the Sun
by Maren Wickwire was presented at the Goethe-Institut Cyprus and dealt with the situation of migrants and asylum seekers in Cyprus in a multilayered installation.
is born in Germany. She is a filmmaker and a visual media anthropologist, who works over regional and is based in Cyprus and in the USA. In her practice-led research she focuses on labour migration, women´s issues, refugee communities in the USA and Europe as well as peacemaking and post-conflict resolutions.
Her film Together Apart
is an intimate family portrait of two Igorot women from the Cordilleras, who left the Philippines to seek work abroad. As the most eastern outpost of the European Union, Cyprus has one of the lowest wages for migrant domestic helpers but still recruits large numbers of workers. Guil Ann, a twenty-five-year-old woman follows her own mother Carren to the other side of the world. Only months after mother and daughter reunite in Cyprus, unexpected events lead to Carren’s forced departure. After almost two decades abroad, Carren has to adjust to a new live in the Philippines, moving in with her mother and youngest son while Guil Ann realizes, that everyone is relying now on her income. Shifting between the temporary present and future imagination of serial migrants, the film is contemplating notions of self-hood, belonging and transnational motherhood, sharing insights into the complex web of global care chains beyond stereotypical narrative of victimization and sacrifice.
Produced by Manifest Media
Directed and Written by Maren Wickwire
Editing by Iara Rodriguez Vilardebó
Cinematography by Maren Wickwire
Sound Mix by Christos Kyriacoullis