Here's a film reminding us that true hip-hop is political. In this era of extrajudicial killings under the reign of the current president, Duterte, young Hendrix sets his sights on underground rap battles in the slums of Pandacan, Manila. But his true enemies don’t have ears for his words.

The beats and rhymes in the Tagalog language are electric. A dynamic camera floats through sun-drenched streets and darkened alleys in the long, waking hours of the Filipino youth, represented by a cast of local rappers including the number one YouTube star, Abra, who plays our scruffy-haired protagonist. But it's when the camera grinds to a halt that the film really shines. In the face of state-inflicted terror, Hendrix’s meeting with bookstore-owner Doc, once a radical poet, creates a striking parallel between the days of dictator Marcos and the present.

Filmmaker
Alberto Monteras II
Premiere
International premiere
Country
Philippines
Year
2017
Medium
DCP
Length
96’
Language
Filipino
Producer
Monster Jimenez
Production Company
Arkeofilms
Sales
Arkeofilms
Writer
Alberto Monteras II, Njel de Mesa
Cinematography
Ike Avellana
Editor
Lawrence S. Ang
Production Design
Popo Diaz
Sound Design
Corinne De San Jose
Music
Jay Durias
Cast
Abra, Dido De La Paz , Loonie, Chai Fonacier, Ybes Bagadiong, Nor Domingo, Kate Alejandrino
Website
http://respetomovie.com