Motherland (Bayang ina mo) (2017)

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A profile of the world's busiest maternity hospital, located in Manila, Philippines, using cinema vérité approach to show the understaffed and overcrowded delivery rooms of the facilities. Directed by Ramona S. Diaz.

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All Critics (11) | Top Critics (4)

The assured film, immersive and astutely observed, recalls the work of master chronicler Frederick Wiseman ...

Sep 21, 2017 | Full Review…

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.

Sep 5, 2017 | Full Review…

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.

Feb 1, 2017 | Full Review…
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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.

Jan 21, 2017 | Full Review…

This is truly a remarkable work of documentary storytelling, raw, intimate and subsequently quite profound.

Jan 23, 2018 | Full Review…

I must fight my biological predispositions and proclaim Motherland flawed.

Oct 23, 2017 | Rating: 6/10 | Full Review…

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