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In My Mother’s Skin

96 minutes | 2023 | Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan | Genre | 🔊 Filipino | English Sub. | Age Rating


Set in 1945 Philippines, at the tail end of World War II, we follow the story of TALA, a14-year-old daughter of a Philippines textile merchant.  She lives in a war-worn colonial house with her sickly mother LIGAYA and younger brother BAYANI.  When Tala’s father mysteriously leaves once more to barter for his family’s freedom with the Japanese, his family find themselves alone in their isolated forest mansion, awaiting his return.  Not long after, LIGAYA’s condition rapidly deteriorates.  Desperate, Tala seeks out a mysterious fairy who has promised to protect her.  Happy to oblige, the fairy gifts Tala a magical insect to cure her dying mother.  Ligaya’s sickness progresses to the point where the pain drives her screaming in extreme anguish, banging at death’s door.  Tala decides to release the magical insect which burrows deep into her mother’s flesh and begins living inside her.  While her mother’s sickness  disappears, in its place grows an insatiable craving for human flesh.  As carnage ensues, Tala is forced to decide… 

Let her mother starve to death, or protect her mother and feed her bloodlust.


FRI, 1 DEC 2023 | XXI STUDIO 3 | 23:30

Director's Biography

Biografi Sutradara

Kenneth Dagatan

Kenneth Dagatan

KENNETH DAGATAN is a Manila-based writer and director, originally from Cebu. In 2023, Kenneth became one of the international breakout filmmakers of the year with his World War 2 horror film: “In My Mother’s Skin” which premiered at the Midnight Section of the Sundance Film Festival (the first Filipino film to screen in this section) to widespread critical acclaim. The film was a landmark coproduction: with it being the first Philippines-Singapore-Taiwan coproduction and the first film to be funded by government funding arms of all 3 countries. The film was acquired by Amazon.

Cast & Crew

Kru & Pemain

Production Company Epicmedia Productions Inc

Producer Bradley Liew, Bianca Balbuena, Huang Junxiang, Stefano Centini

Main Cast Beauty Gonzalez (Ligaya), Felicity Kyle Napuli (Tala)

Screenplay Kenneth Dagatan

Cinematographer Russell Morton

Editor Kao Ming-Cheng

Notable Achievement