Directed by Ramona S. Diaz
USA | 94 min. | Phillipino (English subtitled)
Bringing a child into the world is undoubtedly one of the most intense experiences of life. But within the context of poverty and a densely populated country, and at the same time an atmosphere of optimism and perseverance, you end up in the emotional roller coaster called Motherland. Probably one of the most intimate, but also most powerful films you will ever see. Obviously this documentary was praised and awarded at the prestigious Sundance Film Festival.
Motherland takes its viewers behind the scenes of the world's busiest maternity hospital, situated in one of the poorest and most densely populated countries in the world: the Philippines. The clinic is buzzing because women in Manila do not get two or perhaps three children like us Westerners, but six or more. In all the hectic, three women - Leah, Aira and Lerma - share their story, which is told through the narration of their contacts, families, doctors, social services and other mothers. Although all three of them have no ideal home environment, their strength shines through in their optimism, humor and honesty. It is a force they will undoubtedly need in the future.
The award-winning Asian-American filmmaker Ramona Diaz made a cinematic and aesthetically strong film with a solid portion of true and powerful storytelling. The compelling and sometimes shocking stories leave a trail of surprise and amazement. One is amazed by the power and warmth of these women, who bring new life into an almost unlivable world. Motherland was not only awarded at the prestigious Sundance Film Festival, but the international press was full of unanimous praise for this film full of life.
Director Ramona S. Diaz
Production company Brillante Mendoza
Editing Leah Marino
Producer Ramona S. Diaz, Rey Cuerdo
Cinematography Nadia Hallgren, Clarissa De Los Reyes
Music Mark Laccay