A former priest confesses before mass, revealing a time ten years ago, when he faced a choice between his vows and his morals.

  • Ivan Cortez
    Sa Gitna ng Lungsod, Pikit
  • Jane Danting
  • Anthony Falcon
    Key Cast
    Anino sa Likod ng Buwan, Gusto Kita With All My Hypothalamus
  • Dido de la Paz
    Key Cast
    "Father Tomas"
    Respeto, Edward
  • Joy M. Ras
    Key Cast
    "Ms. Ligaya"
  • Marben Portucela
    Sa Gitna ng Lungsod
  • James Rosendal
    Production Design
  • Nicholai Minion
    Sound Design
  • Braincoat
    Musical Score
  • Project Type:
    Short, Student
  • Runtime:
    19 minutes 10 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    February 27, 2020
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  • Film Color:
    Black & White and Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
    Yes - Asia Pacific Film Institute
  • Binisaya 2020
    October 9, 2020
    Philippine Premiere
    Binisaya World Official Selection
  • 18th Mindanao Film Festival
    December 7, 2020
    Official Selection
  • Gawad Alternatibo 2021
    Pasay City
    August 6, 2021
    Curated Section
Director Biography - Ivan Cortez

Ivan Cortez is a filmmaker from Mandaluyong, Philippines.
A film major familiar in directing, writing, and editing, he has directed and worked in a number of short films, music videos, documentaries, and ads; and has entered in various film festivals around the globe.

His short film, "Sa Gitna ng Lungsod" was an official selection at the 2019 Cinema One Originals Film Festival.

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Director Statement

Sexual abuse by clergy in the Philippines is no secret, but no effort has been made to officially record data.

This film is to bring awareness to people that this does happen in our country, maybe within our vicinities, and action has to be made to help such victims.

With that said, this film will not be about religion.

This film tackles repression, and how we are as a conservative society, either by culture or tradition.

It would show the repercussions that repression can do externally, on the choices we present; and internally, on the toll it takes on our mental health.

It poses a solution; that opening up to others is healthy and essential to living as a collective; but also an invitation, that in certain situations, we need to do more.