Motherland is a feature film that we discussed at the end of Episode 10.5: TV Party. This film sounds fascinating! Check out the trailer here: Motherland. Ramona S. Diaz’s work has previously been showcased with such documentaries like Imelda and Don’t Stop Believin’: Every Man’s Journey.  Buy your tickets now! TFAL crew will be at this screening. Let’s chat about the film!

Sunday, April 30, 2 PM at the Downtown Independent
(United States/Philippines, 2017) Dir.: Ramona S. Diaz

MOTHERLAND dives 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.

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