Friday, May 2, 2014

Thy Womb

  1. "Thy Womb" is a movie about a barren Badjao (also called Sama di laut) woman and her husband, Bangas-An from Sitangkai, Tawi-Tawi, Southern Philippines and based on traditional Islamic law and culture, selflessly agreed for her husband to have a second wife in order to have a child because having a child is a proof of Divine Grace according to Muslim beliefs.
  2. Sinapupunan is its title equivalent in Tagalog language.
  3. Its main casts are Nora Aunor, Bembol Roco, Lovi Poe and Mercedes Cabral.
  4. It was a production of Center Stage Productions in cooperation with the Film Development Council of the Philippines and Producer Larry Castillo with Executive Producers Melvin Mangada, Brillante Ma Mendoza, Jaime Santiago.
  5. It was written for screenplay by Henry Burgos. 
  6. It was directed by the 2009 Cannes Film Festival Best Director, Brillante Ma. Mendoza.
  7. It was shot entirely in Tawi-Tawi, Mindanao, Philippines.
  8. The film was one of the 8 official entries to the 38th Metro Manila Film Festival (2012) having replaced the movie "Mga Kwento ni Lola Basyang" of Unitel Productions and Studio 5. Aside from "Thy Womb", the other two choices that would have completed the official entries for the 2012 MMFF were Star Cinema and Skylight Films' "Tuhog" and the Adolfo Alix Jr. film "My Prince Charming" but both films were not finish yet as of the start of MMFF.
  9. Nora Aunor who played Shaleha Sarail in the movie won the "Best Actress" award in the 7th Asian Film Awards which is also called "Asian Oscars" which has proven another famous remark for Nora Aunor's acting prowess, "Mata pa lang ni Nora, nangungusap na. (Nora's eyes can already express the emotion.)
  10. It was also cited as the single most important achievement in Philippine cinema for 2012 as it gets listed in the BRITANNICA BOOK OF THE YEAR 2013 (A Review of 2012) by Encyclopædia Britannica. (wikipedia)
  11. It was officially endorsed by the National Commission on Muslim Filipinos and encouraged to be watch by the Muslim community, "a good vehicle in communicating interfaith and ecumenical spirit of respect and understanding for other people's beliefs" said Atty. Guialil R. Kanda, NCMF provincial director in General Santos City.
  12. It has two online petitions, one in causes.com and the other one in change.org created for it to be included in the 2014 Oscar Awards but bowed out to the "Transit" movie of Hannah Espia. Nevertheless, it was shortlisted on the 71st Golden Globe Award for Foreign Language Film.


References:

Asian Films Awards: The Oscars of Asia
7th Asian Film Awards
Thy Womb (Review)
Thy Womb Movie Review
Movie review: The tragedy of 'Thy Womb'
Birthing cultures: ‘Thy Womb’ in time/spaces we misunderstand (or why we are not a nation but a festival)
Review: ‘Thy Womb’
Metro Manila Film Festival 2012 Moviethon: Day 1: Woman seeks wife for her husband 

Thy Womb Pinoy Movie
Legarda Celebrates the Glory of Thy Womb
Thy Womb mercurycinema
Thy Womb tumblr
Nora Aunor wins fourth international acting award for Thy Womb
MMFF 2012: THY WoMB (An Extra-Ordinary Badjao Love Story)
2013 Critic's Choice Thy Womb
Nora Aunor Saves THY WOMB (Sa Iyong Sinapupunan) -- THY WOMB Movie Review
National Commission on Muslim Filipinos endorses Thy Womb

A-List Contenders included on Golden Globe Award Shortlist for Foreign Language Film
‘Thy Womb, ‘Transit’ both in as official PH bets in Golden Globe best foreign film race
Thy Womb Wikipedia
‘Thy Womb’ Enters MMFF Magic 8
Mga Kwento ni Lola Basyang
'Thy Womb' replaces 'Lola Basyang' as MMFF 2012 official entry 

'Thy Womb' gets last-minute slot in MMFF
Brillante Mendoza

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