The verdict is in: Respeto is the biggest winner in this year's Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival, with seven awards to its name.
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
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."
As expected, Respeto got all-out support from the local hip-hop community
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!