Together Apart

Cyprus & USA

57’, 2018


Maren Wickwire


Maren Wickwire


Maren Wickwire 


Maren Wickwire


Iara Rodriguez Vilardebó


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When Guil Ann arrives on the Mediterranean island Cyprus to join her mother as domestic worker, the women reunite for the first time in over a decade. Carren spent most of her adult life apart from her children. Only months later, unexpected events lead to Carren’s deportation and challenge both women to confront their precarious dreams for togetherness and a better future.


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. 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.