Lawmaker hails ‘Thy Womb’

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Wednesday, January 2, 2013

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO - Senator Loren Legarda hailed Kapampangan movie director Brillante Mendoza’s latest film “Thy Womb,” saying it is a creative and fearless contribution to Filipino filmmaking.

Legarda said the film deserved the seven awards it garnered at the recently concluded Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF).

Mendoza won Best Production Design and Best Director, while Odyssey Flores won Best Cinematography; Henry Burgos, Best Original Story; and Nora Aunor, Best Actress.


The film also won the Gender Sensitivity Special Award for the Mainstream Category, and the Gatpuno Villegas Award.

“The Senate earlier recognized independent filmmaker Brillante Mendoza through Senate Resolution 871 for winning both the La Navicella Venezia Cinema Award of the critics’ circle Journal of Cinema, and the P. Nazareno Taddei Award Special Mention at the 69th Venice International Film Festival,” Legarda said.

She noted that in late November, he was also awarded Best Director Award at the 2012 Asia Pacific Screen Awards (Apsa) in Brisbane, Australia.

“These awards bring to the fore the immense talent of Filipino filmmakers as a whole,” she said.

“Thy Womb” was released in 2012 and was played by Aunor, Bembol Roco, Lovi Poe, and Mercedes Cabral.

Aunor also won numerous recognitions, including the Best Actress Award at the 2012 Asia Pacific Screen Awards.

“I highly recommend ‘Thy Womb’ as it explores the intricacies of rural life largely through the eyes of a Badjao midwife, thereby revealing new facets of the plight of Filipino indigenous peoples,” she said.

“Mendoza tackles heavy subject matter that our society needs to pay attention to, and does his part in encouraging other filmmakers to push the boundaries of art and storytelling,” Legarda said.

Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on January 03, 2013.

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