Cinemalaya 2017: Respeto

This is a very much late review of Respeto, an entry in 2017 Cinemalaya. I chose to save the best for last.

Directed By: Treb Monteras II

When an amateur rapper and a seasoned poet are thrown together in a moment of violence, they learn to write verses with new found clarity.

More: Cinemalaya/Respeto

Here are my thoughts:

  • You should watch it. That’s all.
  • Among the themes of Filipino film festivals are the present war vs drugs of the administration, and extrajudicial killings. Basically, people are dying.
  • After watching tons of movie about the topic, it becomes exhausting.
  • Respeto presented the topic in a beautifully crafted poetry. It was a delight to watch unfold before my eyes.
  • I don’t know how the movie made it work. There were tons of issue and subcontexts yet it all blended wonderfully into a cinematic masterpiece.
  • The old vs young, poetry vs rap, martial law vs war on drugs. My goodness, just thinking about the movie makes me want to see it again.
  • Chai Fonacier is a gem.
  • Abra found a new fan in me.
  • I will be watching this again when they re-screen it. And I am also urging my friends to see it as well.

Read the rest of my Cinemalaya 2017 reviews here.

September 8, 2017