The Sundance Film Festival came to an end over the weekend with the awards ceremony. Motherland took home the World Cinema Documentary Special Jury Award: Commanding Vision. The festival marked the world premiere of the film from director Ramona S. Diaz which was well received by audiences and critics alike.
Next up, the film is heading to Berlinale where it will screen as part of the Forum. Screening times below:
Berlinale Forum screenings:
Sun 12 Feb - 16:30 - CineStar 8
Mon 13 Feb - 19:30 - CinemaxX 6 P&I
Tue 14 Feb - 22:15 - Cubix 9
Wed 15 Feb - 22:00 - CinemaxX 4
Sun 19 Feb - 14:00 - Akademie Der Künste
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.