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Anak (2000)

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 »


Rory B. Quintos


Ricardo Lee (story and screenplay), Raymond Lee (story and screenplay)
3 wins & 9 nominations. See more awards »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Vilma Santos ... Josie
Claudine Barretto ... Carla
Joel Torre ... Rudy
Baron Geisler ... Michael
Sheila Mae Alvero Sheila Mae Alvero ... Daday (as Sheila Mae)
Amy Austria ... Lyn
Cherry Pie Picache ... Mercy
Leandro Muñoz ... Brian
Tess Dumpit Tess Dumpit ... Norma
Cris Michelena Cris Michelena ... Arnel
Hazel Ann Mendoza Hazel Ann Mendoza ... Young Carla
Daniel Morial Daniel Morial ... Young Michael
Gino Paul Guzman Gino Paul Guzman ... Don Don
Jodi Sta. Maria ... Bernadette
Odette Khan ... Mrs. Madrid


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 Tim_the_Bald

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Official Sites:

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Filipino | Tagalog

Release Date:

10 May 2000 (Philippines) See more »

Also Known As:

The Child See more »

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Production Co:

Star Cinema See more »
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Technical Specs



Sound Mix:

Stereo | Dolby SR



Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Vilma Santos dyed her bright-colored hair to auburn saying it would protect her image as mayor of Lipa town. See more »


Referenced in A Mother's Story (2011) See more »


Composed and Written by Freddie Aguilar
Performed by Sharon Cuneta
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Good film
24 August 2010 | by peter07See all my reviews

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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