Jay is arguably the most acclaimed and awarded film of 2008 in the Philippines and abroad.
The film has won 6 international awards in Berlin, Barelona, Geneva, Bahamas, Bangkok, and Mexico and has been selected in 23 international film festivals.
It is the first debut Filipino film to have an international premiere at the prestigious Venice International Film Festival where it competed for the Orizzonti Prize.
Even its screenplay won the Grand Prize of the Cinemanila-FDCP Scriptwriting Contest in 2007.
The script was entered to the Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival where it was chosen as one of the 10 finalists and emerged as the Best Film of 2008.
The Cinema Evaluation Board gave it a grade of A, and the MTRCB has rated it R-13, highlighting its powerful insight rather than the controversial frontal nudity of its lead actor.
Jay, a g a y school teacher, is brutally murdered in an apparent sex-crime.
Even before his family hears about it, a TV producer -also named Jay- and his camera crew are inside their house to document their shock and grief.
The TV producer convinces the family to let him shoot the dead man's wake and funeral for a "reality show" is the dead man's namesake- a "journalist" who knows that the "truth" is whatever works on camera.