Directed by: Vincent Sandoval 2012 | 87 min.

Section: Spotlight on the Philippines

Premiere: United States Premiere


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It is 1971, and the sisters of the Adoration monastery lead quiet, insulated lives in a remote town in Rizal. Mother Superior Ruth leads the group in its prayers and daily rituals and prides herself in keeping the nuns removed from the vices and vicissitudes of the outside world. Young and fairly new, Lourdes joins the monastery and gets introduced to the cloistered life. Shortly after, Remy, an extern nun, gets an unexpected visit from her mother telling her that her activist brother has been snatched away. Deeply troubled, Remy asks Ruth for an indefinite leave of absence to help her family search for her brother. But Ruth turns down her request, reminding her of the increasing importance of prayer during that time of crisis.

Behind Ruth’s back, Remy starts attending meetings of families whose relatives have gone missing, something that Lourdes discovers when she accompanies Remy on an errand in town. One afternoon, the meeting in town that Remy and Lourdes attend ends well into the evening. On their way back, deep in the woods leading back to the monastery, they fall victim to violence.  Devastated, Ruth, Remy and Lourdes must individually grapple with the emotional aftermath.

Synopsis written by: Cinemalaya


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Cast & Crew

Director Vincent Sandoval
Screenwriter Vincent Sandoval, Jerry Gracio
Producer Vincent Sandoval, Darlene Malimas
Executive Producer Jerome Kerkman, Merrick Clint, Markane Earle
Cast Jodi Sta. Maria, Mylene Dizon, Raquel Villavicencio, Fides Cuyugan-Asensio
Cinematographer Jay Abello
Production Designer Roland Rubenecia
Editor Vincent Sandoval, Jerrold Tarog
Associate Producer Eric Alvin Po
Costume Designer Jayne France
Music Composer Teresa Barrozo
Sound Addiss Tabong
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