KASAMA Vol. 26 No. 3 / July-August-September 2012 / Solidarity Philippines Australia Network

“Thy Womb”

Australian premiere & Director’s talk — Brisbane Film Festival 2012

Thy Womb

Set on a floating water village in the southern most province of the Philippines, this simple fertility tale received two awards and a four-minute standing ovation at its recent premiere at the Venice Film Festival.

Filipino superstar Nora Aunor plays midwife Shaleha, who lives with her husband Bangas-An in a largely Muslim region of the Philippines. When her husband confides a need for a child of his own, the infertile Shaleha decides to find him a fertile woman to bear his offspring. In chronicling Shaleha's selfless act, Filipino filmmaker Brillante Mendoza (who won Best Director in Cannes for his film “Kinatay”) has produced his most lyrical and colourful work to date.

Nominated for Best Director and Best Actress at the 2012 Asia Pacific Screen Awards.

Screening at the Palace Barracks Cinema at 6.30 PM, Monday 19th Nov. & Sunday 25th Nov.

Director Brillante Mendoza is presenting a free talk as part of BIFF's Industry Program on Monday 19th Nov., 4:30 PM at the State Library Of Queensland.