Mon, 10/16/2017 - 7:00pm
DCTV, 87 Lafayette St, NYC

Doors 6:30 | No admittance after 7:30

Ramona S. Diaz / 2017 / 90 min

co-presented with POV on the evening of its PBS Premiere

"a remarkable work of documentary storytelling, raw, intimate and subsequently quite profound" - Hammer to Nail

"...recalls the observational techniques and insights of the films of Frederick Wiseman” - Village Voice

Winner, 2017 Sundance World Cinema Documentary Special Jury Award for Commanding Vision

Childbirth is often a communal process, with a team of nurses, doctors and loved ones simultaneously witnessing the miracle of life. In one Philippines hospital, "communal" is an understatement. Diaz's latest film, Motherland, takes us into one of the busiest maternity wards on Earth.

Filled with warmth, humor and heartache, Motherland is a vérité portrait of childbirth – with all its joys and challenges depicted on screen. It is also a fascinating study of a country where conservative Catholic ideas about childbirth and contraception prevail, making the film an ideal starting point for conversations about reproductive healthcare policy.

Women share their stories with other mothers, their families, doctors and social workers. In a hospital that is literally bursting with life, we witness the miracle and wonder of the human condition.

Post-Screening Q&A

Ramona S. Diaz (Director) is an award-winning Asian-American filmmaker best known for compelling character-driven documentaries that combine a profound appreciation for cinematic aesthetics and potent storytelling. Her films have demonstrated her ability to gain intimate access to the people she films, resulting in keenly observed moments and nuanced narratives. While she has focused exclusively on stories of Filipinos and Filipino Americans, the themes of her stories are universal. Her films have screened and won awards at Sundance Film Festival, Berlinale International Film Festival, Tribeca Film Festival and many other top-tier film festivals. She has received funding from ITVS, Center for Asian American Media, Sundance Institute Documentary Fund, MacArthur Foundation, Tribeca Film Institute, Catapult Film Fund and Chicken & Egg Pictures. All of her feature-length films – Imelda, The Learning, Don’t Stop Believin’: Everyman’s Journey and Motherland – have broadcast on either POV or Independent Lens on PBS. She has also served on numerous film festival juries and funding panels and served as a film envoy for the American Film Showcase, a joint program of the U.S. Department of State and University of Southern California that brings American films to audiences worldwide. She has conducted master classes and workshops all over the world and throughout the United States. In 2016, Ramona was awarded a prestigious Guggenheim Fellowship and was inducted into the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.


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This event is a collaboration with the award-winning documentary series POV.

This event is a part of DCTV Presents, DCTV’s signature screening and event series that champions groundbreaking nonfiction film.