Photograph courtesy La Biennale
Venice: Film Festival – Sinapupunan (Thy Womb) – Brillante Mendoza. Shaleha Sarail hails from a water-village in Sitangkai, Tawi-Tawi a province of the southern most part of the Philippines. A woman of mature years, played by Nora Aunor experiencing a third miscarriage, Shaleha agonizes that she can’t bear a child. Though an adoptive parent to her nephew, she still feels that her husband Bangas An desires to be a father. To fulfill her husband’s only wish and to be blessed by Allah as having a child is a tangible proof of divine grace, Shaleha decides to march to a different drummer. Her resolve is to find a new partner for her husband. She and her husband sail islands, floating-villages, and nearby communities in search of a fertile woman. Providentially, Shaleha finds the girl as recommended by friends. But on the eve of her husband’s second marriage to Mersila, a gnawing jealousy consumes Shaleha.
Above. Director Brillante Mendoza.
Sinapupunan (Thy Womb) – Brillante Mendoza - Actress Nora Aunor