Let's review behind the scenes of the film that gave us global recognition.

Ma' Rosa is the only Filipino film included at the Cannes Film Festival 2016 in Competition category.

Jaclyn Jose got the Best Actress Award, the first Filipina to win the Palm d'OR.

And now, MA' ROSA is our submission to the Best Foreign Language Film category of the 2017 Academy Awards.

List of nominees for the Oscar Best Foreign Language Film category will be announced on January 24, 2017.

The 89th Academy Awards will be held at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, Los Angeles, on Feb. 26, 2017. 


ROSA, owns a small community convenience store connected to their home in the slums of Metropolitan Manila. Together with her husband, 

NESTOR, they use their convenient store as cover-up for selling illegal narcotic, Methamphetamines. their fate changes one Saturday night when their neighbor BONG-BONG, who works as a fly-by-night parking attendant, begs her to sell him a small pack of Methamphetamine without knowing that its a ploy for a pending buy-bust operation by the policemen waiting outside the community.

This leads to Rosa and Nestors warrantless arrest by a police team led by Sergeant CASTOR. They detain the couple in the sleeping quarters at the back of the police station eventually confiscating their belongings, instead of going through the regular procedure. Here, the policemen interrogate them and command Rosa rat-out their source of illegal narcotics as trade-off to their freedom. Hesitant, Rosa has no choice but to call their supplier, JOMAR and cooperate with the policemen that leads to his arrest.

As they return to the station, the policemen recover a bundle of bills worth 100,000 pesos and packs of Methamphetamines from Jomar, demanding him to pay 100,000 pesos more before the fiscal’s office opens on Monday or go directly to jail without bail. With nothing to shell out, the policemen advise him to call his wife and close relatives. But instead, Jomar calls his contact, a police chief from another station, in an attempt to bail himself out. The policemen find out about it and beat him up until he’s unconscious.

LINDA arrives at the station to check on him. She haggles with the policemen and settles to pay 50,000 pesos only. Then Castor informs Rosa and Nestor that they now need to pay the other 50,000 pesos to fill-up the bond putting them in such predicament. Castor gives Rosa her cellphone and allowed her to call her family and friends.

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Rosa and Nestors children, JACKSON, RAQUEL and KERWIN come to their aid. The policemen inform them about the current situation of their parents and Rosa and Nestor orders them to do everything to come-up with the amount. Backed against the wall, the three has no choice but to do the unthinkable. Jackson sells all their appliances while Ruffa painstakingly borrows money from their poor relatives. On the other hand, Kerwin sells his body to his gay benefactor – all of these just to buy the freedom of their parents.

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