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The assured film, immersive and astutely observed, recalls the work of master chronicler Frederick Wiseman ...
Though there's always a sense of chaos, with women giving birth and breastfeeding at every turn, Diaz never loses sight of the truth that these are all individuals, not just statistics.
A lively and engaging glimpse at a Manila maternity ward where overcrowding and limited technological resources have forced some solutions that may not be ideal, but are admirable nonetheless.
Motherland not only provides an expressively etched account of specialized medical care, but also a telling perspective on dominant social trends and healthcare policy issues in the Philippines.
This is truly a remarkable work of documentary storytelling, raw, intimate and subsequently quite profound.
I must fight my biological predispositions and proclaim Motherland flawed.
An incredibly intimate look into where it all starts.
An eye-opening documentary about the plight of poor women giving birth in the busiest maternity ward in the world.
Diaz does an excellent job of establishing a universal affinity with her subjects.
The hospital that watches over 100 births a day is not the kind of place Americans would like to use when their water breaks, but the Manila institution does have a spirit of camaraderie and the doc is an original.
If Motherland has a message beyond raising awareness of the plight faced by millions of Filipino women, and the ongoing debate around the country's controversial Reproductive Health Act, it's that life goes resolutely on.
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