» 09/08/2012, 00.00
PHILIPPINES - ITALY
The tragedy of the people of Mindanao arrives at Venice Film Festival
The Film Sinapupan (Thy Womb) tells the story of two Muslim women archipelago of Tawi-Tawi, in the most southern island of Mindanao. The relationship between the two characters against the background of the life of a quiet fishing village marked by poverty and conflict between the army and Islamist rebels. The film is directed by Brillante Mendoza, winner of the 2009 prize at Cannes for Best Director.
/ Agencies) - The true face of the Muslim population of Mindanao victims of war
between the army and Islamist rebels told through the lives of two women. This
is the goal of "Sinapupan" (Thy Womb), a film directed by Filipino director
Brillante Mendoza, competing at the 69th International Film Festival, taking
place these days in Venice. Written
by author Henry Burgos, the film was shot in a fishing village in the archipelago
of Tawi - Tawi in the Muslim majority southern island of Mindanao. The
film tells the story of a barren wife and fervent Muslim believer (Nora Aunor) who
out of shame convinces her husband to look for a second wife who would give him
a son. The
three characters are played by the famous Philippine actress Nora Aunor, in the
role of the barren wife, Bembol Roco, who plays the part of the husband, and
the young Lovi Poe (23 years), her first film.
drama of the two women is framed the life of the small village, marked by work
and prayer in the mosque, but flawed by the war between the military and the
Abu Sayyaf Muslim rebels. The
theme of the conflict is in fact introduced by a ship full of soldiers that
every day patrols the fishing channels of the port trying to find possible
Muslim extremists among the villagers. "When
I arrived on the island for the first time - says Brillante Mendoza - I was
surprised to see that the villages of Mindanao are not a place of violence or
extremism. It is a peaceful and helpful population, with a great culture. It
was a real discovery
for me and I wanted to share and spread this vision. "
of the Best Director award at Cannes in 2009 with the film "The Execution
of P", Mendoza is known for his choice of controversial issues such as
prostitution, homosexuality, and corruption. Cineam - he explains -
is a powerful tool. "A story is a story. I tell the stories I want to tell whether they are
dark or not. The only important thing is that people see the story in film and
that the message arrives."
Muslim-majority region of Mindanao has been a battleground for the past 40
years between the Philippine army and extremist Islamic groups fighting for the
independence of the island and to create an Islamic state governed by sharia. Despite
negotiations with the Moro Islamic
Liberation Front (MILF), the historical Islamic separatist movement - Abu
Sayyaf and Jemaah Islamiyah have continued to carry out kidnappings and attacks
on Christian places of worship and government targets. In
recent years the Catholic communities of Jolo and Basilan were often the target
of attacks. The
most serious occurred July 7, 2009, when a bomb exploded inside the cathedral
in Jolo, causing six deaths and 40 wounded.
was screened on the 6th of September, the day before the opening of the peace
process between the Philippine government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front which started yesterday in Kuala
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