New Moon (Bagong Buwan)

Bagong Buwan image
Wednesday, 11 March 2009
6:30 p.m. – Korean Studies Auditorium

Directed by Marilou Diaz Abaya
Philippines, 2001, 120 minutes
Filipino w/E.S.

Ahmad (Cesar Montano) is a Muslim who lives in Manila as a doctor. His wife Fatima (Amy Austria) and only son Ibrahim live in Mindanao with Ahmad’s mother, Farida. Ahmad is devastated when he is told that Ibrahim has been killed by a stray bullet fired by vigilantes. Returning home, Ahmad finds himself opposing his family’s wish to stay in their war-torn homeland. In spite of his son’s death, Ahmad still wants to live a peaceful life and insists that the best solution is for his family to move to Manila with him. Musa, Ahmad’s brother, disagrees. Musa believes that a war against the unbelievers is the only solution, and even trains his young son for a Muslim warrior’s life. An explosion near a public marketplace thrusts Ahmad and his loved ones into the center of a bloody conflict between Christians and Muslims, the government and the Moros. Montano’s performance garnered him a Best Actor nod for a Gawad Urian, the Pinoy equivalent of an Oscar.

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