Press & Reviews

"Kafkaesque" - Screen Slate

"Lively and engaging" - Variety

"An eye opening, moving and often shocking film" - ScreenDaily

"Engaging, intimate and full of life" - Film School Rejects

"Immersive" - The Hollywood Reporter

"A remarkable work of documentary storytelling, raw, intimate and subsequently quite profound" - Hammer to Nail

"A fascinating snapshot of a country" - Salt Lake City Weekly

"Explores issues with an emphatically compassionate approach." - FilmJournal

“...recalls the observational techniques and insights of the films of Frederick Wiseman.” - Village Voice

"Diaz masterfully captures the Fabella Memorial Hospital and a number of immediately engaging subjects, guiding audiences into their world and experiences of motherhood so completely that it almost feels as if they’ve been watching a continuing series for several seasons." - Whatnottodoc

“Motherland” is an extraordinary vérité portrait of Manila’s Fabella Hospital, where an average of 60 babies are born daily, making it the busiest maternity ward in the predominantly Catholic country, and reportedly in the world. - LA Times

"With Motherland, Diaz proves herself a visionary force to be reckoned with.” - Indie Entertainment News

"a poignant look into a contemporary social issue as well as a film with substantial aesthetic worth in its own right."
- New Bloom Magazine, Brian Hioe


"Control Over Your Reproductive Health Is Proof Of Empowerment: Ramona Diaz's documentary 'Motherland' is a wake-up call for every Filipino." - Cosmo Philippines


Sundance 2017 Women Directors: Meet Ramona S. Diaz - blog.womenandhollywood.com

2017 Sundance Docs in Focus: MOTHERLAND - whatnottodoc.com

Sundance 2017 Women Director's preview - womenandhollywood.com

Documentary depicts a land of mothers - Parkrecord.com

Cinema Paradiso - Baltimore Magazine

Hammer to Nail Chatted with Doc Director Ramona Diaz

Unseen Films: Motherland

‘Motherland’ Visits the World’s Busiest “Baby Factory” - Nonfics

Nofilmschool Podcast - Indie Film Weekly mention

New Yorkled Review

Joshua Brunsting Reviews Ramona Diaz's Motherland - Criterion Cast

Motherland Movie Review - Shock Ya

Film Wax Radio – Frederick Wiseman / Ramona Diaz

Susan Kouguell Talks with Motherland Documentary Filmmaker Ramona Diaz

'Motherland': Ramona Diaz on the Many ‘Leaps of Faith’ That Got Her Film Into Sundance and Theaters - Nofilmschool

The film “Motherland” explores life and birth and an exploding population crisis in a maternity ward that births 100 babies a day - Salon

LA Weekly Review

Asian Journal – Motherland Opens in LA this Weekend

It's Just Movies Review

Ramona S. Diaz's 'Motherland': Documenting Grace, Kindness and Organized Chaos in the World’s Busiest Maternity Ward - International Documentary Association

Inside One of the Busiest Maternity Wards in the World - The Cut

Spirituality & Practice Review

A hospital where women “share everything,” even breastmilk - Salon.com

Bright Lights Series Highlights Women Filmmakers - Emerson College

New York Times: What We're Watching on TV This Week

The San Francisco Chronicle: New festival celebrates Filipino and Filipino American movies