Following the fortunes of a humble Muslim fisherman and his wife, this lyrical tale of love and beauty questions how far someone will go to fulfill their social destiny and dreams. Shaleha, an aging midwife unable to bear her own child, embarks on a quest to find a second wife for her husband who can bear him the child they so desperately want. Set in the remote archipelago of Tawi-Tawi, Shaleha’s quest provides a backdrop for an intimate portrait of a Bajau community that survives off the sea that surrounds them. The daily rituals of the women weaving colorful straw mats, the political unrest in the town, and the elaborate ceremonial events such as a local marriage are captured with a timeless perfection. Winner of the Cinema Critics’ Prize at the Venice Film Festival and the Best Director and Best Actress Prizes at the Manila Film Festival.
Appears in: 37th Portland International Film Festival
Other Films by Brillante Mendoza
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