“The assured film, immersive and astutely observed, recalls the work of master chronicler Frederick Wiseman.” — Sheri Linden, Los Angeles Times

“A lively and engaging glimpse at a Manila maternity ward where overcrowding and limited technological resources have forced some solutions that may not be ideal, but are admirable nonetheless.”  — Dennis Harvey, Variety

Motherland not only provides an expressively etched account of specialized medical care, but also a telling perspective on dominant social trends and healthcare policy issues in the Philippines.” — Justin Lowe, Hollywood Reporter

“Though there’s always a sense of chaos, with women giving birth and breastfeeding at every turn, Diaz never loses sight of the truth that these are all individuals, not just statistics.”  — Kristen Yoonsoo Kim, Village Voice

“Diaz does an excellent job of establishing a universal affinity with her subjects.”  — Kieran Fisher, Nonfics

“If Motherland has a message beyond raising awareness of the plight faced by millions of Filipino women, and the ongoing debate around the country’s controversial Reproductive Health Act, it’s that life goes resolutely on.”  — Nikki Baughan, Screen International


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