Film Series : 22nd Annual Asian American Showcase

Motherland

Bayang Ina Mo

2017, Ramona S. Diaz, USA/Philippines, 94 min.

Show Times

  • Sat, Apr 1st 8:00pm

“Effortlessly engaging, capturing a sense of lives revealed.” — Dennis Harvey, Variety

“Cinema vérité at its finest…engaging, intimate, and full of life.” — Siân Melton, Film School Rejects

The world’s busiest maternity hospital in Manila is the setting for this warm, immersive documentary providing a touching, enlightening, humorous and shocking portrait of motherhood stripped down to its most human essentials. Director Diaz (IMELDA, THE LEARNING) surveys a vast complex of delivery rooms and communal wards, where as many as 150 women, most of them poor, nurse newborns while they share beds, meager resources, advice, and gossip. Stories, memorable incidents and personalities abound, as MOTHERHOOD conveys a sense of wonder at life beginning and thriving without first world amenities but with an abundance of hope and dedicated concern. In Filipino with English subtitles. DCP digital. (BS)

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