Just When Life Beat Him Down, He Found Home, Hope & Family


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He got scammed in a strange land, but he went from screaming obscenities to finding kindness.

Against his son’s wishes, Tommy left everything he had to start a new life with Manilyn, his Internet lover in the Philippines.

But there was no Manilyn. He was a victim of an elaborate but common scam. He was thrown into a truck and out on the streets. He was cheated, robbed, assaulted and stranded.

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Bitter, he raged on the streets and becomes the joke of the town.

Kindness emerges in the form of a young boy, Nilo, who offers him his slippers and his dinner, much to his mother’s displeasure.

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Tommy stayed for dinner, and then for six more months to get his passport sorted. He develops a special bond with Nilo who renews his faith in humanity.

This gullible, stupid white guy was a changed man. Now he could go home.

Watch ‘Going Home’ by Eden Villarba-Sabolboro (Philippines) on Viddsee:

‘Going Home’ is part of our Cinemalaya channel on Viddsee.

Eden’s film was the Official Selection in New Breed Short Film Category at the Cinemalaya Independent Short Film Festival. It also won 2nd Place in the Short Film Category at the Sinulog Film Festival 2014.

Watch ‘In Between’, another film about aliens in a strange land trying to find acceptance.

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