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Ma’ Rosa

Directed by Brillante Ma Mendoza

“Mendoza continues to be a filmmaker who shines a light into the dark corners of otherwise unreported lives” —Screen Daily

A penetrating exploration of political corruption and poverty, Brillante Ma Mendoza’s newest film is the story of Ma’ Rosa, a matriarch faced with a hefty police bribe. Shot in Manila during the hot summer months, the film is both a striking family drama featuring impressive performances from its leads (Jaclyn Jose won the best actress prize at Cannes for her portrayal of Ma’ Rosa) and an urban portrait infused with documentary realism. 2016, Philippines, in Filipino with English subtitles, 110 minutes.


This presentation is made possible by generous support from the Bentson Foundation and Elizabeth Redleaf.