Century of Birthing

Century of Birthing

Movie: Century of Birthing
Director: Lav Diaz
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MPAA Rating: PG

Philippine filmmaker Lav Diaz offers a complex study of art, morality, and spirituality in this drama. In Siglo Ng Pagluluwal, Diaz follows three parallel narrative threads at once. A filmmaker sits at his computer as he edits his most recent film, but feels blocked and uncertain of what to do, emotionally burdened by a long history of incomplete and abandoned works. As the filmmaker struggles with his footage and confers with his friends and colleagues, we see the movie he’s working on, concerning a nun who leaves life in the church behind to explore the secular world. And in the film’s third story, a photographer happens upon a church that’s home to a small religious cult, where a charismatic but disturbed man of faith presides over a band of mostly female followers, and as the photographer observes their actions and asks questions about their beliefs, he throws their actions into a new relief. Running nearly six hours, Century of Birthing received its North American premiere at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival.

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