God, Church, Pills & Condoms

Updated and completed in 2014, “God, Church, Pills & Condoms” tells the story of a teenage mother in Manila and a controversial family planning law in the making for more than 16 years, opposed by the Catholic Church and Pro-Life organisations.

This is an updated 2014 version which includes a revisit to the Fabela hospital in Manila to find out if anything has changed since the law was passed.

  • Fritz Kohle
    Director
    God, Church Pills & Condoms, Ultraviolet Babes
  • Arleen Cuevas
    Producer
    Manila, Indepedencia
  • Rosalyn Rodrigo
    Key Cast
  • Project Type:
    Documentary
  • Runtime:
    28 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    July 1, 2014
  • Production Budget:
    10,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    Philippines
  • Country of Filming:
    Philippines
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    HDV
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
  • Cinemanila
    Manila
    August 1, 2013
    Philippine Premiere
  • Hanoi International Film Festival
    Hanoi, Vietnam
    September 5, 2013
    Vietnam Premiere
Director Biography - Fritz Kohle

Fritz Kohle studied at the Surrey Institute of Art and Design and later as a postgraduate at the Northern Media School, Sheffield Hallam University. Kohle worked his way up to become Location Manager on Channel 4 (UK) feature films, Head of Productions at the Lux Centre London and Field Producer for iBeam Europe.
As a freelance Producer and Production Manager he produced episodes for Marienhof, one of Germany's most popular soaps with a daily viewership exceeding 6 million. In collaboration with the Ludwigsburg Film Academy in Germany, he published the media handbook Medienmacher Heute. Kohle's passion for teaching led him to work with young offenders as well as aspiring filmmakers.
Kohle's projects include post-production management for Studio Babelsberg's features in Berlin such as Wim Wender's Soul of a Man, and Jackie Chan's 80 Days Around the World. In addition, he was also involved in various German soaps such as Notruf 110 and Tatort.
Kohle was Bigfoot Entertainment's Head of Post Production until 2007. In 2007 he started working as Assistant Director, Production Centre and Post-production for New York University, Tisch School of the Arts, Singapore Campus.
He now works as a lecturer in the Netherlands and continues to produce and direct documentary films while studying for a PhD in social media and documentary production.

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Director Statement

Emerging economies such as the Philippines have freed themselves from the rule of dictators such as Marco in the 1980-ties. The middle classes are emerging, the Philippines are experiencing a healthy 7% growth rate. The rich get richer, the middle classes work hard and the poor get even poorer.

increasingly Filipinos are beginning to realize that the middle classes and the rich need to share some of their newly found wealth. While former president Glora Macapagal-Arroyo and her peers can afford the most expensive hospital in Manila - St. Lukes - for treatment of back pain in a presidential suite with Jacuzzi and valet parking, three poor filipino share a single bed at the Fabella hospital of the poor in a ward hopelessly overcrowded and on a 48 hour turn over cycle.

The controversial House Bill 5043 aims to improve quality of life for all Filipinos by providing maternal health care and family planning especially to those who cannot afford it. As political activist Carols Celdran states: "70% of the Filipinos want proper health care and the 30% of the middle and upper classes do not want to provide it for them".

This film only scratches at injustice Filipinos endure every day, it barely touches on the living conditions poor filipinos find themselves in, not because of over population, but because of corruption, dogma and misinformation.

Production Notes
"14 Years on the Making"
Bill 5043 must be one of bills proposed and discussed for the longest time. It was filed some 14 years ago by Congressman Lagman in an effort to improve health care for Filipinos.

Of course we were hoping the bill would have been passed since we shot in the Philippines summer 2011. And even though more than 70% of all Filipinos support the bill the catholic church and pro-life Philippines are doing their best to prevent its passage.