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.
2018 David Plath Media Award Winner and Winner Best Student FilmAward 27th International Festival of Ethnological Film in Belgrade 2018
“At the core [of this film] is the perseverance of human intimacy or the profound connection of one Self to another in a state of being apart. ” – Dr. Marilena Zackheos, Director of The Cyprus Center for Intercultural Studies,
About the filmmaker
Originally from Germany, Maren’s award winning multimedia works and films have been screened globally. She explores social and cultural phenomenon in multilayered visual works based on long-term field work and practice led research informed by her studies in visual anthropology.
Founder of Manifest Media, a nomadic film and design studio producing documentaries, web based educational videos and multimedia installations raising awareness for human rights issues, Maren has been collaborating with international recognized organizations including the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), Harvard Humanitarian Initiative, the US Institute of Peace, Art Works Projects and Eastern Congo Initiative. Maren’s work for the past years has been focused on counter-narratives to mainstream depictions when it comes to working with vulnerable and marginalized people groups. Her work focuses on migration studies, mobility and transnationalism, post-conflict and peacebuilding efforts with a particular interest in the everyday experiences of women and communities. She is a current graduate candidate of the Visual Media Anthropology program of the Freie University in Berlin.