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

September 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.

September 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.

February 1, 2017 | Full Review…

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.

January 21, 2017 | Full Review…

Diaz does an excellent job of establishing a universal affinity with her subjects.

September 5, 2017 | Full Review…

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.

September 2, 2017 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

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