In “Pinay Beauty” by Jay Abello, Migs needs to settle a huge debt to a loan shark. When Migs explains that he doesn't have the money yet, the loan shark proposes that he could settle the bill if Migs could find Lovi Poe and introduce him to the actress. How does a regular guy who knows no one in show business meet a celebrity?
“Pan De Salawal” by Che Espiritu tells about Sal, a lonely panadero suffering from a chronic kidney stones who wants nothing but to die. Sharing his sick, grey life along the riles are his neighbors - a barber with severe pasma, a former beauty queen with emphysema, a Carinosa dancer paralyzed by stroke, and a macho meat vendor with tumor in his breast – who are all battling for dear life, hoping a miracle comes along the riles.
In “ML” by Benedict Mique Jr., Carlo meets Colonel, an old resident in their village who was a former soldier during the Marcos regime. After learning how the Colonel cruelly tortured student activists, Carlo’s life changes when he experienced all the Martial Law cruelties one night.
“Kung Paano Hinihintay Ang Dapithapon” by Carlo Enciso Catu follows Teresa, a lady at the twilight of her life. Currently living with her longtime partner Celso, she receives a call from her estranged husband Benedicto who is seeking forgiveness from her and their son Chito.
“Ang Pagbabalik ng Kwago” by Martika Escobar is a fantasy film about Leonor Reyes, the only female writer of Filipino action movies, who falls into an irreversible coma after an accident and is transported to a 1980s classic Filipino action flick playing on a television at the hospital lobby.
Hendrix dreams of hip-hop greatness, but he's spiraling down a rabbit-hole of crime and poverty until he meets Doc, an old poet still haunted by his martial law past. Can they turn each other's lives around before they're swallowed by their circumstance?
RESPETO is a celebration of the underground Pinoy hip-hop world and how we find the words to find ourselves.