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Director: Ramona S. Diaz | Producer: Ramona S. Diaz, Rey Cuerdo | Editor: Leah Marino | Cinematographer: Nadia Hallgren, Clarissa De Los Reyes | USA-The Philippines / 2017 / 94 min / Documentary
Ramona S. Diaz in attendance.
About the Film
Manila’s Fabella Memorial Hospital contains the busiest maternity ward in the world. Catering primarily to poor Catholic women—many of them unfamiliar with or resistant to contraception—Fabella sees as many as 100 births a day. Two or three mothers often share a single bed, with neonatal care a communal effort. Director Ramona S. Diaz immerses the audience in this controlled chaos, masterfully capturing an instantly compelling world of motherhood in an eye-opening yet charming film that claimed a special jury award from the Sundance Film Festival.
About the Filmmaker
Ramona Diaz is an award-winning Asian-American filmmaker best known for her compelling character-driven documentaries that combine a profound appreciation for cinematic aesthetics and potent storytelling. Her films, which include Spirits Rising, Imelda, The Learning, Don’t Stop Believin’: Everyman’s Journey and Motherland, have demonstrated her ability to gain intimate access to the people she films—be they rock stars, first ladies, dissidents, teachers, or mothers—resulting in keenly observed moments and nuanced narratives that are unforgettable.