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New York Asian Film Festival Screening: Ma

  • Walter Reade Theatre at Lincoln Center 165 West 65th Street New York, NY, 10023 United States (map)

The 18th New York Asian Film Festival Presents: Ma

Two tragic stories of motherhood converge in a phantasmagorically macabre tale of loss, sacrifice and evil. After his mother dies suddenly, Samuel goes into a mysterious cave that claims to grant wishes and asks for his mother’s life back. The cave wants something in exchange. Meanwhile, a childhood friend of Samuel’s mother returns to town pregnant, reeling from her fiancé’s suicide. She has what the cave wants so Samuel enlists his little brother and sister in a sinister plan to take it at any cost. Director Kenneth Lim Dagatan’s chilling feature debut proves he was born to make horror films.

Director: Kenneth Lim Dagatan

Cast: Susan Africa, Ian Curtis, Rafael Siguion-Reyna, Kate Alejandrino, Enzo Osorio, Alessandra Malonzo, Anna Luna

Languages: Tagalog with English subtitles

About the Director: Kenneth Lim Dagatan is an independent Filipino filmmaker and writer, best known for directing and writing his award-winning first short film, Sanctissima (2015); it was premiered at the 11th Cinemalaya Philippines Independent Film Festival where it won the audience choice award, as well as awards at other film festivals, including Best Picture, Best Screenplay, and Best Director. His feature film, Ma (2018), was well received by the critics locally during Cinema One Originals Film Festival where it launched, and this striking horror debut will have its international premiere at NYAFF.

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