Retrospective of Brillante Mednoza

Thy Womb

Philippines, 2012, 106 min.

The story of unconditional love, about a Bajau midwife coping with the irony of her own infertility amid the deprivations of her gypsy community in Tawi-Tawi. A saga of island life stuck between the devil of passion and the deep blue sea of tradition.


France, Philippines, 2009, 110 min.

Lola Sepa’s grandson has been killed by a cell phone snatcher and she must bear the burden of making the funeral arrangements. She and her family are poor, and there is not enough money for the coffin, nor for a lawsuit against the suspected murderer. But the elderly woman is ready to take out a bank loan to ensure both a proper burial and justice for her beloved grandson. Lola Puring tries to get her grandson Mateo out of jail, who he has been accused of the murder. But the poor and aged woman doesn’t have the bail money. Each time she visits her grandson in prison to bring him proper meals, it breaks her heart to see him wasting away behind bars with countless others. At the first court hearing the two grandmothers must face one another. Both frail and poor, each is determined to do everything necessary for her grandson. The future of the case is dependent on grandmotherly love...