Director Jeffrey Jeturian's critically-acclaimed film is being screened at Cinemanila International Film Festival after its award-winning global run. It's part of the festival's international competition.
The film chronicles three days in the life of a neighborhood jueteng bookie, or kubrador, named Amelita (Gina Pareño). She continues to collect bets from her regular patrons every day despite a government crackdown on the game. The third day falls on All Saints' Day, wherein Amelita visits the grave of her solider-son, who died in combat.
Busy with her collections, Amelita is arrested by police. She is then joined by other arrested kubradors in the police station until their protector bails them out.
The following morning, Amelita returns to the streets and continues her illegal activities. She meets the parish priest who informs her of a young neighbor's sudden death in an accident. He asks her to collect donations from neighbors and friends. But then, a series of events turns her mundane existence into a perplexing game of life, luck and death.
Nov. 9 - Greenbelt 1 Cinema 2, 4:30 p.m.