Ben & Sam

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Ben & Sam
Directed by Mark Shandii Bacolod
Produced by Jazmin Trinidad Tecson
Sean Lim
Tessa Aquino
Written by Archie Del Mundo
Starring Ray An Dulay
Jess Mendoza
Micah Munoz
Tara Cabaero
Ana Abad Santos
Music by Christian Banawa
Herrick Ortiz
Cinematography Rain Yamson II
Editing by Bebs Gohetia
Distributed by Imaginative Media Production
Release dates
  • February 17, 2010 (2010-02-17)
Running time 96 minutes
Country Philippines
Language Filipino

Ben & Sam[1] is a 2010 Filipino indie film, directed by Mark Shandii Bacolod[2] and starring Ray An Dulay, Jess Mendoza, Micah Munoz, Ana Abad Santos and Tara Cabaero. The movie is about two campus kings who are in love.[3] The film, which premiered at the 2010 Queer Love Film Festival on February 17, 2010,[4] was written by Archie Del Mundo.[5]


Ben is haunted by painful memories of his abusive father, and is suffering even more at present due to his increasingly eccentric mother. He is eventually toughened by this condition. Sam, meanwhile, is still grieving the murder of his activist boyfriend. Both boys turn to recreational activities to forget their painful precedents; Ben becomes involved in basketball, while Sam takes up dancing.

Although Ben is surrounded by friends, he is unhappy, until a deep emotional connection and mutual admiration brings Ben and Sam together. Although Ben is confused, Sam is persistent and sincere, and their liaison eventually blossoms into something deeper.[6]

Special screening[edit]

The film was featured at the 2010 Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival as part of the July midnight shows.


  • Ray An Dulay as Ben
  • Jess Mendoza as Sam
  • Micah Munoz as George
  • Ana Abad Santos as Arlene
  • Tara Cabaero as Sugar
  • Simon Ibarra as Mr. Quirino
  • Malouh Crisologo as Dean
  • Angeli Bayani as Prof Castro
  • Jerri Barrios as Coach Mario


  1. ^ "Ben & Sam". PEP. Retrieved 2010-08-20. 
  2. ^ "Shandii Bacolod". IMDB. Retrieved 2010-08-20. 
  3. ^ "Queer Fest". 
  4. ^ "Ben & Sam". Spot. Retrieved 2010-08-20. 
  5. ^ "Queer-love-film-fest-ongoing". Philippine Daily Inquirer. Retrieved 2010-08-20. 
  6. ^ "Ben & Sam Summary". IMDB. Retrieved 2010-08-20. 

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