Based on true events, Cinemalaya 2017 finalist “Bagahe (The Baggage)” written and directed by Zig Dulay revolves around the story of an Overseas Filipino Worker (OFW) who escapes from her boss and suspected of dumping a new born baby in an airplane’s restroom all so that she could return to the Philippines and be with her family.
While there are several scenes the narrative could have done without, it succeeded in telling the story of Mercy, including the criminal and legal aspects, which had to be included. These can be easily understood by the audience which should always be the first and foremost concern of any movie.
Effective too was the development of Mercy’s character as in the course of the story, viewers come to know what kind of a mother she is, and how, despite her resolve, social institutions stepped in to “mother” or take care of her through her ordeal in turn. It is an eye opener that OFWs are not always protected when they are outside their safe zone in another country.
In the end Bagahe leaves it to the audience to question and decide whether Mercy is guilty of a crime or a victim of her circumstances and forced to do the unthinkable.
Besides Bayani, Bagahe also stars Arnold Reyes, Shamaine Buencamino, Boots Anson Roa, Racquel Villavicencio, Bing Pimentel, Sue Prado, Madeleine Nicolas, Matt Daclan, Chanel Latorre, Natiliegh Sitoy, Alvin Nakassi, Erlinda Villalobos, and Micko Laurente.