Film - Program 3 Filmfest 2020


Directed by Rafael Manuel


Director: Rafael Manuel
Section: Program 3
Country: Philippines, United Kingdom
Year: 2019
Language: Tagalog
Version: Original version with English subtitles
Cast: Jorybell Agoto, Micah Musa, Sunshine Teodoro, Elle Velasco
18+ (no age rating)

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The golf course is a peculiar microcosm. While the men play golf, they’re followed around by very disciplined women in uniform who carry their clubs. The women set up the tee, fish the balls out of the water hazards, and put them back into green wooden boxes, all under strict supervision by their boss. Isabel is one of these “tee girls”. Although she’s new and has yet to learn the rules, she’s already looking for loopholes to undermine this rigidly hierarchical system. The tropical twittering of birds and the chirping of crickets in the background intensifies the oddness of the strict social rules on this golf course.

  • Filmschool: London Film School

  • Duration: 24 Min.

Meet the director


Rafael Manuel

Rafael Manuel is a Filipino filmmaker who lives in London. His short films explore subjective everyday violence that has been normalized by the underlying power dynamics of social relations. His work in advertising has earned him several international awards, including Cannes Lions, the London International Awards, and Adfest. FILIPIÑANA received the Silver Bear for best short film at the Berlinale in 2020.


Director of Photography: Xenia Patricia
Film Editor: Rafael Manuel
Production Designer: Andrea Vigoni
Costume Design: Alex Pajaro-Meily, Andrea Vigoni
Sound: Manuel Colayco
Make-up artist: Thrianne Gellido
Producer: Naomi Pacifique, Kyle Nieva
Production Company: London Film School
Co-Producer: Kiko Meily, Rafael Manuel