Motherland

Nominee
Grand Jury Prize ~ World Cinema: Documentary
Sundance Film Festival
Winner
World Cinema Documentary ~ Editing Award
Sundance Film Festival
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Motherland

MOTHERLAND takes us into the heart of the planet’s busiest maternity hospital in one of the world’s poorest and most populous countries: the Philippines. The film’s viewer, like an unseen outsider dropped unobtrusively into the hospital’s stream of activity, passes through hallways, enters rooms and listens in on conversations. At first, the surrounding people are strangers. But as the film continues, it’s absorbingly intimate, rendering the women at the heart of the story increasingly familiar. Three women—Lea, Aira and Lerma—emerge to share their stories with other mothers, their families, doctors and social workers. While each of them faces daunting odds at home, their optimism, honesty and humor suggest a strength that they will certainly have to summon in the years ahead.

Genre
Documentary, Women and Film
Runtime
94
Language
Tagalog
Director
Ramona S Diaz
Writer(s)
Ramona S Diaz
Awards:
Nominee, Grand Jury Prize ~ World Cinema: Documentary, Sundance Film Festival
Winner, World Cinema Documentary ~ Editing Award, Sundance Film Festival
FEATURED REVIEW
Justin Lowe, The Hollywood Reporter

An immersive, firsthand introduction to the hospital reputed to have the world’s highest birth rate, 'Motherland' not only provides an expressively etched account of specialized medical care, but also a telling perspective on dominant social trends and health care policy issues in the Philippines.

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