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Aug 14, 2017
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The verdict is in: Respeto is the biggest winner in this year's Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival, with seven awards to its name.

Audience Choice
Best Sound - Corinne de San Jose
Best Editing - Lawrence Ang
Best Cinematography - Ike Avellana (tied with TM Malones, Baconaua)
Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role - Dido De La Paz
NETPAC Jury Prize
Best Film

According to its official website, the movie tells the story of Hendrix, played by the rapper Abra, who "dreams of hip-hop greatness, but is spiraling down a rabbit-hole of crime and poverty until he meets Doc, an old poet still haunted by his martial law past."

Respeto is also "a celebration of the underground Pinoy hip-hop world and how we find the words to find ourselves."

Judging by the social media buzz it has been receiving, it feels like the indie flick—directed by Treb Monteras II and also stars Loonie—deserves a commercial screening.

As expected, Respeto got all-out support from the local hip-hop community

Kenjhons Serrano

Apekz

Klumcee

The standing ovation during the gala night says it all

What makes it effective is its spot-on depiction of society's current state

Respeto even inspired one netizen to drop her own bars

Abra is being praised for his solid acting chops!

Even the film's stars seem to be dumbfounded by its massive success:

Who wants Respeto in more theaters? We sure do!

 

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