Raymund Ribay Gutierrez is an internationally acclaimed award-winning Filipino director and screenwriter. He was trained and worked with the award-winning director, Brillante Ma Mendoza. Gutierrez's first short film was "IMAGO" (2016), which received a nomination for the Palme d'Or Best Short Film in Cannes (2016). His debut feature VERDICT (2019) won the Orizzonti Special Jury Prize at the 76th Venice International Film Festival.
Joy and her six-year-old daughter Angel live in Manila, with her husband, Dante, a small-time criminal. As so often in the past, Dante comes home drunk at night and beats Joy brutally. This time, he also hurts Angel. Joy grabs her daughter and flees to the local police post to finally get him sent to jail. Joy learns that justice takes time at best and is impossible to get at worst. Not without reason, she feels that she and her daughter are increasingly under threat…
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