Motherland Film at the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival
Asian Pacific Health Care Venture, Inc. is proud, once again, to be a community sponsor for the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival (LAAPFF). Celebrating its 33rd year, the LAAPFF will be presented April 27 through May 4, 2017 at the Aratani Theatre at the Japanese American Cultural & Community Center; Directors Guild of America; Downtown Independent; Tateuchi Democracy Forum at JANM; CGV Cinemas; and additional cinemas in the Los Angeles area. An extended version of the Festival, ” LAAPFF Best of the Fest OC,” will take place from May 5th to May 11th in Buena Park. A key highlight leading up to annual Asian Pacific Heritage Month activities, the Festival is produced by Visual Communications , the nation’s premier Asian Pacific American media arts center, and enjoys broad support from cinema artists and audiences alike. Go to festival.vconline.org for showtimes and tickets.
This year, Asian Pacific Health Care Venture, Inc. has the pleasure of being the community sponsor for Motherland, a film fresh off its premiere at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, where it won the World Cinema Documentary Special Jury Award. Festival veteran and award-winning documentarian Ramona Diaz brings us her latest project which takes us into the Philippines’ (and one of the world’s) busiest maternity wards—Dr. Jose Fabella Memorial Hospital in Metro Manila—and follows the lives of several different women, Lea, Aira, Lerma, among them, as they enter the hospital to give birth till they are discharged. Enacting a fly-on-the-wall, purely observational approach as seen in Frederick Wiseman’s HOSPITAL and his canon of American feature docs on social institutions, Diaz brings a similar verve to the proceedings here in a decidedly Filipino context.