The Woman in the Septic Tank (Ang Babae sa Septic Tank)
Sunday Jun 11 01:00 PM
Doris Duke Theatre
Museum members: $8.00
General Admission: $10.00
About the Film:
Part of the Filipino Film Festival 2017
Directed by Marlon Rivera. With Eugene Domingo, Kean Cipriano, JM de Guzman, Cai Cortez. Philippines. 2012. 92 mins. Tagalog and English with subtitles.
In this hilarious, genre-bending box-office hit, a three-person indie filmmaking team—all middle-class, English-speaking, young, and ambitious—has grand plans to make it big in the film world. The trio has just the right story to satisfy the appetite of the global film elites: a desperate mother of seven kids in an urban slum who has no choice but to pimp out one of her offspring—initially a girl, but later switched to a boy for sure-win dramatic effect. On top of exploiting the “poverty porn” formula, the filmmakers experiment with every possible stylistic cliché, from heart-wrenching docudrama to campy musical, to maximize the emotional response. This witty comedy proves that Filipino filmmakers are not afraid to poke fun at themselves.
After enjoying the original box office hit, check out its sequel The Woman in the Septic Tank 2: # Forever is Not Enough at 4pm.
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