Netflix’s First Filipino-made Series Is About The Controversial War On Drugs

Brillante Mendoza’s “Amo” is the first Filipino-made series on the streaming service

Brilliante Mendoza’s hard-hitting, gritty and possibly controversial 12-part series based on the Philippines’ drug war has found a home with Netflix, the world’s leading streaming company.

“Amo” (translated to boss in English) follows ordinary Filipinos caught in the crossfire of the government’s campaign against drugs. The series starts Vince Rillon as a high-school student who sidelines as a small-time shabu peddler, and Derek Ramsay as a corrupt policeman in the middle of it all.

“The great thing about this new development is that we can now expand our audience for Filipino movies and TV series,” Mendoza told the Inquirer. “Foreign viewers will get acquainted with our stories and culture on a different platform—beyond the film festival circuit.”

Initially intended to be released via TV5, the series found a new home in Netflix after a Singapore-based Filipino-American Netflix representative sought out Mendoza for a possible partnership.

Robert Roy, vice president of content acquisition at Netflix, remarked: “We are always seeking to work with passionate, talented storytellers like Mendoza, to bring premium content to Netflix’s 117 million members around the world.”

Chot Reyes, TV5 president and CEO, related: “We at TV5 are excited to finally share ‘Amo’ with everyone.”

The series will be available to stream to global audiences starting April 9.


Source: InquirerRappler

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