Grand Jury Prize ~ World Cinema: Documentary
Sundance Film Festival
World Cinema Documentary ~ Editing Award
Sundance Film Festival
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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.

Played at

Monica Film Center, 9.22.17 - 9.28.17
Rated NR This film is subtitled This film is subtitled Closed Captioning Available Closed Captioning Available
Web Site: https://www.mother...
Runtime: 94 min
Language: Tagalog

Director: Ramona S. Diaz
Writer(s): Ramona S. Diaz

  • 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...