Ma’ Rosa is a 2016 Filipino drama film directed by Brillante Mendoza. It was selected to compete for the Palme d’Or at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival. At Cannes, Jaclyn Jose won the award for Best Actress. It was selected as the Filipino entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 89th Academy Awards.
Rosa (Jaclyn Jose) is married to Nestor (Julio Diaz) with whom she has four children. Rosa’s family runs a sari-sari store in a neighborhood in Manila. The income from the small convenience store business alone isn’t enough to meet the family’s daily needs, so illegal drugs particularly “ice” or crystal meth are also sold at Rosa’s store. One day police officers arrest Rosa and Nestor for selling drugs and ask them for “bail money” or a bribe for the couple’s release. Rosa’s children, left on their own to deal with the struggles of daily life, find a way to free their detained parents.