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In the Navel of the Sea (Sa Pusod ng Dagat)

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Date: Wednesday 1 February 2012 @ 6:30 PM
Korean Studies Auditorium

(1998, 116 minutes)
Director: Marilou Diaz-Abaya
Writer: Jun Lana
Cast: Jomari Yllana, Elizabeth Oropesa, Chin Chin Gutierrez, Pen Medina, Ronnie Lazaro

Filmmaker Marilou Diaz-Abaya ventures into the realm of instinct and emotion in this unusual story about a male midwife. In a remote fishing village during the American occupation, young Pepito (Jomari Yllana) grows up with no choice but to learn the trade of his mother, despite obvious embarrassment and prejudices. The real test of maturity comes when he ventures from the island (the nest, the navel) to the mainland (the real world). The script won the prestigious PALANCA literary award, and Diaz-Abaya manages to get outstanding performances from her actors with her economical, understated direction. ~ Gönül Dönmez-Colin, Rovi

This film was translated and subtitled by students in the film and translation course of Pia Arboleda, Assistant Professor of Filipino and Philippine Literature, Department of Indo-Pacific Languages and Literatures, University of Hawai’i.

Please note: Bring WARM clothes as the auditorium is heavily air-conditioned!!

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