World Cinema

IN THE NAVEL OF THE SEA

  • Description
  • In a remote fishing island in the 1950s,

    Pepito grows up learning the trade of his

    mother, the only midwife capable of

    delivering the newborn babies of the

    comm'unity. At first, the young son

    doesn't mind the unusual arrangement,

    but as he grows older, he begins to resist

    the role traditionally meant only for

    women.

    In time, Pepito's development inevitably

    intersects with the lives of the other

    islanders, whose beliefs and struggles

    become critical impetus to his maturity.

    This haunting coming-of-age story

    weaves the emerging modernization of

    the society with the tradition of folk

    culture.

    Philippine cinema has never been more

    vital, and veteran filmmaker Marilon DiazAbaya

    has created a nostalgic but never

    sentimental work of mythical beauty.

    Filmography:

    Brutal (1980); Moral (1983); Baby Tsina (1984);O fThe

    Flesh (1984); The Eleventh Commandment (1994);

    Redeem Her Honor (1995);M adonna and Child

    (1996);M ilagros (1997); In The Navel of the Sea

    (1998)

    Print Source:

    GMA Film Inc.

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