Original Title: BagongBuwan
Director: Marilou Diaz-Abaya
New Moon is set against the background of an all-out war declared by the then President of the Philippines, Joseph Estrada, against the Moro Islamic Liberation Front in Mindanao.
In the film, a medical doctor’s son is killed during a raid on their village. From a promising career in Manila, he returns to Cotabato to bury his son and embark on a mission of healing himself and his people.
He administers to the needs of everyone – Christians, Muslims, Lumads, rebels and soldiers. But when medical supplies run out and people are on the run, he struggles to find other ways of care-giving. When he can no longer heal bodies, he tries to heal their spirit.
Marilou Diaz-Abaya, Ricky Lee, Jun Lana
Cesar Montano, Amy Austria, Caridad Sanchez, Ronnie Lazaro, Noni Buencamino
Production: Bahaghari Productions / PS Entertainment / Star Productions
35mm / colour / 130 mins
Marilou Diaz-Abaya has a Master of Arts in Film and Television from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles and a post-graduate degree from the London International Film School.
She involved herself with the Filipino film industry, bringing to reality in widely-screened and award-winning films the plight of the often marginalized Filipino woman: violence against women in Brutal, incest and the imprisoning constraints of social mores in Karnal. She is a founding member, one time President and currently an officer of the Directors Guild of the Philippines (DGPI).
In addition, she directs political and public affairs programmes for television. Two of her recent films, In The Navel of the Sea and Jose Rizal (the biggest budgeted film in the history of local cinema), garnered both national and international awards.