A film about a Filipino domestic worker has won the top prize at the 2018 Vesoul International Film Festival of Asian Cinema in France.
On Tuesday, the film titled Bagahe (which literally means “baggage” in Tagalog), directed by Zig Madamba Dulay, won the Golden Cycle Rickshaw award for Best Fiction Film, French radio station RFI reported.
In the film, a domestic worker named Mercy returns home to the Philippines, and she is accused of dumping her baby in a trash bin in a plane’s bathroom during her flight back home.
After winning the award, Dulay said the film would most likely be shown in Philippine cinemas. “It’s really important that people in the Philippines see it,” he said.
The film premiered last August during the 2017 Cinemalaya, an independent film festival in the Philippines. Angeli Bayani, who played Mercy in the film, won the Best Actress award. The film also won Best Screenplay.