Original name: Respeto
English name: Respeto
Year: 2017
Run time: 98'
Language: Tagalog
Type (Colour/ Black & white): Colour
Country: Philippines
Director: Alberto Monteras II
Producer: Monster Jimenez
Cast: Abra, Dido de la Paz, Loonie, Chai Fonacier
Screenplay: Alberto Monteras II, Njel De Mesa
Cinematographer: Ike Avellana
Editor: Lawrence S. Ang
Sound Designer: Corinne De San Jose
Music Composer: Jay Durias
Production Designer: Popo Diaz
Production Company: Arkeofilms
World Sales: Stray Dogs
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  • Rotterdam IFF 2018
  • IFFI 2018
  • Cinemalaya Independent FF 2017
  • Calgary IFF 2018
  • Shanghai IFF 2018

Selected Filmography:

  • Sarap Diva (TV Series) 2012
  • Chef Boy Logro: Kusina Master (TV Series) 2012
  • Respeto 2017

Director's Biography:

Alberto Monteras II has directed TV shows, commercials, live concerts, and over 300 music videos. He's a BFA- Advertising Arts Graduate from the University of Santo Tomas College of Fine Arts and Design. He pursued his passion for filmmaking and studied at the Mowelfund Film Institute, and at the International Institute for Film and the Arts.In 2016, he attended the American Society of Cinematographer’s Masterclass in Los Angeles, California. Multiple award winning film Respeto (2017) is his debut film.


Hendrix is an aspiring hip-hop artist trapped in a life of low-level crime by his family of drug addicts. A failed robbery brings him and his friends into a redemptive partnership with Doc, an elderly bookstore owner whose life as a poet ended under martial law. The stubborn old man becomes a mentor to Hendrix, encouraging him to find the art in his wordplay. But then the personal becomes the dangerously political.

In this era of extrajudicial killings under the reign of the current president, Duterte, here is a film reminding us that true hip-hop is political.