The Bet Collector

Amy, the family matriarch, makes ends meet by running a small convenience store out of her home. But in a struggling economy customers are scarce, and without the help of her husband or pregnant daughter, she is forced to supplement the family income by collecting bets for an illegal numbers game. In this starkly realistic narrative, director Jeffrey Jeturian presents a captivating portrait of a once-proud woman, haunted by memories of a dead son and hounded by the police, and her fragile and lonely life as a kubrador (bet collector) on the streets of Manila.

“Inevitably, this film outshines all the others for its mere as well as rare simplicity. As juries we do get to see various works of craftsmanship but hardly come across such a film which touches the core of everyone's heart in spite of our own cultural limitations.” -FIPRESCI

Runtime: 98 min. In Tagalog with English subtitles in. Watch trailer here.

This film is being co-presented by the Global Film Initiative and is part of the Global Lens collection. For more information, visit www.globalfilm.org

Cost: FREE for Museum Members, $5 Non-members. Tickets available soon!


Sponsored by:
the Museum's Asian Arts Council

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