The main character is a Filipina Overseas Contract Worker, one of the many residents of the archipelago who is forced to leave her family and take a higher paying job in a more prosperous ... See full summary »
The main character is a Filipina Overseas Contract Worker, one of the many residents of the archipelago who is forced to leave her family and take a higher paying job in a more prosperous Asian country. While she is working her employer refuses to let her take a vacation, nor does he deliver her mail to her. She is unaware, therefore, that her husband has died. When she finally returns to the Philippines she is met with resentment and hatred by her children. The movie studies how she overcomes these feelings and rebuilds the relationship with her family. Written by
I picked up a copy of this on DVD while visiting Cebu, and it's a film that has stayed with me after just one viewing.
I live in Korea and there are plenty of Filipinos and Filipinas working here for little money to support their families back home. This movie was a good primer on the plight of overseas Filipino workers, though I'm sure many Filipinos have endured worse while working overseas.
I'd seen just one Philippine movie before "Anak," and I told the saleslady at the video store I got this film from to select a good movie for me instead of formulaic love stories and such. I'm glad she selected the DVD she did as I highly recommend this film.
It's sad so many Filipinos (10% of the population) have to go abroad to earn a living. The real villains are the corrupt government and social system in the Philippines as well as a runaway birth rate that dooms the people to poverty. I love the Phils and am a frequent visitor but I do see the causes of the country being a Third World country.
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