One night, Dante attacks his wife Joy in a drunken rage. Scared for her life and that of their six-year-old child, Joy stabs him and flees to the local police station – whereupon the police arrest Dante and the couple’s long and frustrating journey through the legal system begins. With its almost documentary-like realism and nerve, Raymund Ribay Gutierrez’ impressive directorial debut conjures up complex characters and relations while at the same time exposing and critiquing the all too real and familiar patriarchal biases of the justice system.
Raymund Ribay Gutierrez
Raymund Ribay Gutierrez (Philippines) VERDICT is Gutierrez’ debut feature film.