cinemalaya 2014 kasal review brun philippinesManila: A film about a gay couple whose resolve to stay together is a challenge has won the top award at this year’s independent film festival in the Philippines.

The film “Kasal” (The Commitment) on Aug. 10 won the top awards at the Cinemalaya 2014 ceremony held at the Cultural Center of the Philippines in Manila. Directed by Joselito Altarejos, the film bagged the Best Film award in the Director’s Showcase category.

“Kasal,” which revolves around the struggles of a gay couple, also won Best Cinematography, Best Musical Score and Best Production Design at the festival.

During his acceptance speech, Altarejos said he always makes gay films because those were stories that should be told, according to

“Kasal is a slice of life drama of a gay couple whose resolve to stay together is challenged as they attend a wedding. It also is an examination on how a gay couple navigates through the different institutions in Philippine society,” says

The Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival is a film competition and festival that aims to encourage the creation of new cinematic works by Filipino filmmakers – works that boldly articulate and freely interpret the Filipino experience with fresh insight and artistic integrity, according to  It has been in existence for the past 10 years.

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