Director Joseph Israel Laban got the idea for his movie after doing a documentary for GMA News TV’s Front Row. He served as the managing producer of the said project, which featured the youngest mother in the Philippines who got pregnant at the tender age of nine and gave birth when she was ten years old.
“Nuwebe” is the story of Krista who at the tender age of 9 got pregnant from the sexual abuse perpetrated by her own father. Her story is complex. Krista refuses to see herself as a victim. With an almost documentary style, “Nuwebe” follows Krista’s story as she demonstrates a level of resilience uncommon for her age. Her mother, on the other hand, is torn between her love for her child and her love for her husband.
GMA-7 child star Barbara Miguel is cast as Krista, the young girl who was raped by her own father. She even shot a birthing scene for this movie.
Jake Cuenca portrays abusive father named Moises while Nadine Samonte plays Dolores, the mother who is torn between her love for her child and her love for her husband.
Moises is incarcerated when a rape case is filed against him. Dolores initially could not believe that her pre-teen daughter is conceiving and that her husband abused their own daughter.
In fact, the parents brought the young girl to a folk healer named Loleng (played by Anita Linda). Direk Joseph Laban explains, “Lumapit sina Jake Cuenca at Nadine Samonte kay Anita Linda kasi si Nadine hindi naniniwala na buntis ang anak niya. Akala niya minamaligno lang kaya pinatingnan nila kay Loleng.”
“Nuwebe” will be shown in CCP and selected Ayala Cinemas from July 26 to August 4, 2013 as part of Cinemalaya Film Festival Directors Showcase category.
Watch trailer video here: