“Nuwebe” is inspired by the true story of one of the youngest mothers in the history of the Philippines. Krista was only 9 years old when she became pregnant. Her mother believes that she was impregnated by evil supernatural creatures called nuno sa punso but the real story is more complicated than it seems.
Joseph Israel Laban is a Tagalog filmmaker and journalist. He wrote, directed, and produced Cuchera, a 2011 Cinemalaya Film Festival finalist. The movie was also screened at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival as well as other festivals including Stockholm, Fribourg, Cleveland and Belgrade. This year he wrote, directed, and produced the film Nuwebe, a finalist at the 2013 Cinemalaya Film Festival. Its international premiere took place at the Montreal World Film Festival. It won the Best Actress award at the Harlem International Film Festival where it was also nominated for Best World Feature. It also received a Special Mention certificate at the Lume International Film Festival in Brazil and the Festival Internacional de Cine Puebla in Mexico. It has since been screened in more than a dozen international film festivals since its release in August 2013.