Directors’ Showcase / UK premiere

Foster Child

  • Brillante M Mendoza /
  • Philippines /
  • 2007 /
  • 98 mins

Cherry Pie Picache, Eugene Domingo, Jiro Manio; Kier Segundo, Dan Alvaro, Alwyn Uytingco / Fiction / Filipino

This is unforgettable: beautifully-observed, moving comment on a timely issue.

Thelma and her husband live in the slums of Manila, and act as foster parents to some of the country’s countless displaced children. Three-year-old John-John has finally been selected for adoption by a wealthy American family, and we follow Thelma through her final day with him. As intimate and emotional as it is, this breathtaking film is also a larger commentary on the pressures of poverty and the inequality between first and third world economies.

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