Women-centric Local Films You Should Watch on Your Next Indie Movie Fix

Maria Romero
PUBLISHED October 15, 2018 03:10 pm | UPDATED October 30, 2018 11:39 am
Art by Dani Elevazo

Welcome to the era of women’s empowerment! Finally, the disparity between women and men is getting thinner every day. And it’s a relief to see that even filmmakers and production houses are joining hands to give women the recognition and platform that they deserve.


So for your next movie night out with yah girls, here are empowering women-centric movies you should include in your must-watch movie list:


Patay na si Hesus (2016)
Directed by Victor Villanueva


The death of Hesus, Maria’s estranged husband brought her and her family together into a road that changes their lives. This story’s twists teach us that a mother would willingly give everything just to secure her family. In the film, Visayan Actress Chai Fonacier attacked the role of Judy with much power and honesty. Just as how she empowers other women off-screen.



Si Astri Maka si Tambulah (2017)
Directed by Xeph Suarez


A Badjao trans woman is forced to leave her lover for another woman committed to her since birth. But more than focusing on the struggles of the LGBT community, this film wishes to talk about how a woman can withstand a tradition that crushes her soul.



Ang Babaeng Humayo (2018)
Directed by Lav Diaz


This story shows how much power a woman holds in the name of revenge. Former school teacher Horacia spent 30 years in a rural correctional facility for a murder she didn't commit. When she gets out of prison she went to her ancestral house only to find out that her daughter and son already left.




Distance
(2018)
Directed by Percival Intalan


This narrates the struggle of a woman in keeping civil with a former partner for the child’s sake. Bereaved at the loss of a loved one, Liza is surprised by the sudden visit of his ex-husband who invited her back to his life only to open wounds up.



Liway (2018)
Directed by Kip Oebanda


Oebanda’s direction brings us back to the time of women’s sufferings in the Martial Law era. This is a true-to-life story of a young mother who protects her child from the reality she endured in prison through storytelling.




Mamang
(2018)
Directed by Denise O’Hara


Mamang is a tale about an old woman with dementia at the time when all she really wants is to be with her only son. However, being with his son could also mean that she has to relive a labyrinth of memories of loss and pain. In the end, this movie tells us to give our parents some quality time before it’s too late.



Musmos na Sumibol sa Gubat ng Digma (2018)
Directed by Iar Arondaing


A coming-of-age story about a Muslim girl who, amidst battling clans, discovers herself torn between love and violence. This is also a narrative about how language and religion can unite us in times of war.



School Service (2018)
Directed by Louie Ignacio


School Service revolves around Maya who found herself kilometers away from her home after she hitched at a school service that promised to bring her home. This film captivates Maya’s persistence as she struggles above the line for the dream and freedom that she may never have.



Indeed, we have come to the time when “Girls Slay” isn’t just a phrase we paste in our bedroom walls for inspo but a mantra we learned to live by. Got other movie recommendations you’d like to get featured? Share it with us using #InsideManila!

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