Alternative Framings: The Cinema of Joselito 'Jay' Altarejos

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with English Subtitles


Two boys. One journey. A long way from home.


The film is the story of the friendship between two men — Alex, a Filipino mechanic, and Jerry, a Taiwanese aborigine student. The two meet randomly when Alex flees to Taipei from Manila, after leaving his girlfriend pregnant. A casual conversation develops into a surprising personal connection between them. Both realize that they yearn for a more intimate connection with their mothers, since Alex's abandoned him for a new family while Jerry is afraid that his traditional parents will reject him for being gay. The two men go on a road trip and end up at Jerry's tribe.  The trip eventually makes them reconnect with their mothers and both discover a certain sense of identity and freedom.

Awards & Festivals:

Best Feature Film, Best Screenplay, Best Editing | Sinag Maynila International Film Festival, 2018

Best Feature Film | Serile Filmului Gay International Film Festival, 2017

Film Ambassador Award | Film Development Council of the Philippines, 2018

Outfest Fusion, 2018

&Proud Yangon Film Festival, 2018

International Queer & Migrant Film Festival, 2017

Asterisco Festival Internacional, 2017

Serili Filmului Gay International Film Festival, 2017

Taiwan International Queer Film Festival, 2017

New Fest New York LGBT Film Festival, 2017

Hong Kong Lesbian and Gay Film Festival, 2017

Shanghai International Queer Film Festival, 2017

Rainbow Reel 2017

Director's Statement:

The issue of identity is a basic human quest. Tale of the Lost Boys crosses gender and, hurdles cultural and language barriers in its journey towards finding a certain sense of identity for its characters.

  • Year
  • Runtime
    90 minutes
  • Language
    Filipino, English, Mandarin
  • Country
    Philippines, Taiwan
  • Director
    Joselito 'Jay' Altarejos
  • Screenwriter
    May delos Santos
  • Producer
    Jay Lin
  • Cinematographer
    Cesca Lee
  • Editor
    Diego Marx Robles
  • Production Design
    Jeng Torres
  • Sound Design
    Andrew Millallos
  • Music
    Luigi Tuazon