by Anna Isabelle Matutina
Philippines 2013 49 min. original version with English subtitles
mon 18 nov 6:00 pm Murnau Filmtheater
Script: Anna Isabelle Matutina, DoP: Anna Isabelle Matutina, Kiri Dalena, Cris Sto. Domingo, Editor: Anna Isabelle Matutina, Production: Anna Isabelle Matutina, Goethe Institute Manila, Producer: Anna Isabelle Matutina, with: Magdalena, Margie
MAGDALENA follows the life of a traditional midwife as she struggles to care for her only daughter Margie who is afflicted with leukemia. Unsatisfied by the care provided by hospitals and modern medicine, Magdalena turns to faith healers and unorthodox religious practices. But now that Margie is pregnant, can Magdalena put her faith back on modern medicine and entrust her daughter to the care of doctors?
"Main character of MAGDALENA through her constant hardship and ordeals seems to be a modern day equivalent to biblical disaster-ridden Job. It’s heartbreaking to follow her nearly unbearable suffering. Still, as a devoted believer, she finds enough strength to go on with her life, to dedicate herself to her community and to deliver important medical services the poor otherwise could not afford." (Axel Estein)
Biography: Anna Isabelle Matutina graduated in Broadcast Communications from the University of the Philippines. She ventured into independent filmmaking in 2004 through a film workshop at the Mowelfund Film Institute and started to produce her own short films right after. Since then she has been working for television and film as a director, writer and editor. Currently she works as a director and editor for TV documentary program I-WITNESS which episode I-WITNESS: ALKANSYA won last year’s UNICEF Asia-Pacific Child Rights Award and was nominated for International Emmy Awards in 2013. Many of her films have been screened in local and international festivals (Berlin, San Francisco), some have won awards.
Filmography: 2004 NINTH FLOOR; THE DREAMING, 2006 UNCONVENTIONAL WARFARE; SPACE BETWEEN, 2008 EIGHT SUNDAYS, 2012 VOW OF SILENCE; BREATHLESS (all short films), 2013 MAGDALENA
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