Intl Film Festival Manhattan Kuya Wes Screening October 17 2019

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Philippine Center New York

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International Film Festival Manhattan Screening of Kuya Wes

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International Film Festival Manhattan Thursday October 17, 2019 @ 845 - 1045PM Philippine Center 556 5th Ave NY, NY 10036

"Kuya Wes" Feature Film, Drama, Comedy, RomCom, 82 Mins (Philippines) Dir: James Robin Mayo Starring: Ogie Alcasid, Ina Raymundo

Synopsis: Kuya Wes, a timid remittance clerk, feels like he does not exist, except when he is working at the remittance center. He is mostly ignored by his younger brother Raf and his family. His days are only brightened when his customer Erika comes in every month. One day, his life changes as Erika’s overseas husband leaves her. Wes decides to help her from his own pocket. His “relationship” with Erika and his friction with Raf starts to change him.

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The term "Kuya" means "Big brother" in Filipino (Philippines). In street language, we use it to address any male stranger, specifically if you think it is someone that is older than you. Kua Wes, is about a journey of a "Kuya" who tries to fit in --- in a world where he finds himself a stranger even to his own family. This is very personal to me. It was born out of my loneliness and solitude, and I wanted this film to send the message to everyone that, with all the violence and hatred around us today... I hope that, when faced with the decision to choose between being kind pr being right... that we always, always choose to be kind. Be kind to every "Kuya Wes".

About the Director: James Robin Mayo

James Robin Mayo is a graduate of Bachelor of Arts Major in Technical Theater in De La Salle College of St. Benilde. His first projects were music videos, TV shows and short films. His shortfilm, Fib, won the 3rd Place for Best Experimental Video in 27th Gawad CCP for alternative film and video. His first feature film, The Chanters, is a QCinema International Film festival finalist which won Best Screenplay & Best actress. It also garnered multiple nominations such as Best Picture and Best Director in Gawad Urian, FAMAS & LUNA awards. He also won Best First Feature Film Director in Young Critics Circle.

His 2nd feature film, Kuya Wes, was a finalist in the 14th Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival. It is also nominated in Fantasporto 2019 (Oporto International Film Festival) and won Best Actress Award.

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