The Bridal Quarter

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The Bridal Quarter

The Bridal Quarter

(Limbunan)

by Gutierrez II Mangansakan

Philippines

 

The Bridal Quarter

Director: Gutierrez II Mangansakan

Script: G. Mangansakan

Cinematographer: McRobert Nacario

Editor: Dempster Samarista

Sound: D. Samarista

Music: Waway Linsahay Saway

Cast: Ayesah Jea Lyka Cinco, Farida Tetchie Agbayani, Amina Mayka Lintongan, Maguid Joem Bascon, Saripa Jamie Unte

Production:
Bidadali House
279 Ampere Street
Alpha Executive Homes
Matina, Davao City
8000 Philippines
Tel: +63.82.27.14.185
Mail: bidadalihouse@yahoo.com

Year: 2010

HD, Colour, 83 min, 
OV tagalog with English Subtitles
French Electronic Subtitles

French Premiere

Set in 1989, the film captures the ritual motions of the women in a family as they prepare for the wedding of 16-year-old Ayesah who has been betrothed to a man she barely knows. As Maguindanaon tradition dictates, she will be kept from public view in her private quarters –limbunan— where she will be prepared, readied, and pampered for her wedding. As preparations for her union is underway, Ayesah is reunited with her childhood tutor Maguid who returns to the village as a militiaman after an absence of five years, reawakening Ayesah’s past memory of childhood infatuation. Throughout Ayesah’s confinement her precocious and rebellious eight-year-old sister Saripa becomes her eyes to the world beyond her room. Her mother Amina keeps her composure despite the fact her husband sleeps with his second wife half of the time, finding solace in the belief that it is both her religious and familial duty to be an obedient wife. Ayesah’s aunt Farida is tasked to ensure that she is prepared for the wedding. However, Farida’s dark past challenges Ayesah’s resolve finding her self choosing between love and loyalty to tradition and family.

 
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