In a real-life fairy tale, a singer is plucked from YouTube to front an iconic band, and must deal with the pressures of replacing a legend.
An exploration of the devastating toll on poor women as the Philippines struggles with reproductive health policy and the politics of Catholic ideology.
Ramona Diaz is an Asian American filmmaker best known for her compelling character-driven documentaries that have demonstrated her ability to gain intimate access to the people she films, resulting in keenly observed moments and nuanced narratives. Ramona’s credits include
Diaz has received funding from ITVS, CAAM, MacArthur Foundation, Ford Foundation, Sundance, Tribeca, Catapult Film Fund, and Chicken & Egg. She was awarded a Fellowship by the Bogliasco Foundation in the autumn of 2015 where she was in residence at the Bogliasco Study Center in Italy, and she received a fellowship from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation for film and video. She is a graduate of Emerson College and holds an M.A. in communication from Stanford University. Show less
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 drops viewers unobtrusively into the hospital’s stream of activity, through hallways and into rooms while eavesdropping on conversations, before focusing on three women — Lea, Aira, and Lerma — who 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 have to summon in the years ahead.