Filipino filmmaker Lav Diaz made history over the weekend when he won his country its first-ever Golden Lion, the top prize at the Venice Film Festival.

His winning film, The Woman Who Left (Ang Babaeng Humayo), is a nearly four-hour black and white story of a woman traversing towards redemption from injustice.

“My head is spinning right now, it’s unbelievable,” Diaz said. “This is for my country, for the Filipino, for the struggle of humanity. Thank you.”

The story tracks a 60-something year old woman, Horacia Somorostro (portrayed by Charo Santos-Concio), who spent 30 years in prison for a crime she did not commit. She eventually finds redemption and forgiveness through random acts of kindness she encounters. Read more…

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Filipino filmmaker Lav Diaz grabs top prize at the Venice Film Festival