The Philippine drug war through the eyes of women.
The film looks at three women who lost loved ones to Duterte’s war on drugs. “Luzviminda” is a portmanteau of Luzon Visayas, and Mindanao: the three regions that make up the Philippines. It is a feminized version of the country’s official name, “Republika ng Pilipinas.” It is also the first name of the main character, Luzviminda Siapo. Luzviminda is a domestic worker returning from her job in Kuwait. She rushes home to bury her teenage son Raymart, who was killed by a police death squad after a neighbor falsely accused him of selling marijuana. Upon Luzviminda’s arrival, she confronts the institutions that have allowed these mass killings to go unabated.
The film highlights the power of those women who are left to carry the burden of survival amidst endless mass killings. These women’s stories form a mosaic of the ongoing struggle to put together the broken pieces of their lives. It reflects society’s patience and devotion towards the hands that beat them.