Netflix acquires PH film Birdshot, Brillante Mendoza drug war series

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 23) — A critically-acclaimed Filipino film and a drug war series by an award-winning Pinoy director are heading to Netflix!

The video streaming site will soon feature Mikhail Red's "Birdshot" as well as Brillante Mendoza’s “AMO.”

Birdshot, which will be released ‪on March 26‬, is a coming-of-age movie that tells the story of a farm girl who accidentally shoots down a Philippine Eagle.

It is the first Filipino content that will be released locally on Netflix.

Meanwhile Cannes-Award winning director Brillante Mendoza’s “AMO” will be available worldwide ‪starting April 9.‬

“AMO is a bold and suspenseful show that has the potential of capturing thrill-seeking audiences worldwide,” Netflix Vice President of Content Acquisition Robert Roy said in a press release.

“AMO” is set against the backdrop of the government’s drug war. It tells the story of Joseph, a high school student and small-time “shabu” peddler who eventually finds himself entangled in the dangerous world of drugs.

It will be the first-ever TV series from the Philippines to be shown on Netflix.

Red’s Birdshot was chosen as the Philippines’ entry to the Best Foreign Film category of the 90th Academy Awards. It also won the Asian Future Best Film Award at the Tokyo International Film Festival in 2016.

Meanwhile, Mendoza is best known for his award-winning indie films.

He bagged Best Director in the prestigious Cannes Film Festival for his film, Kinatay, in 2009, in addition to being nominated for the Palme d’Or for several other works.

Mendoza also directed President Rodrigo Duterte’s first two State of the Nation Addresses.