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“Replay” just hits us all hard we can’t help but cry

Film ⬝ Real Jhon Castillon

Who knew that a two-minute short film is enough to make you emotionally weak and ugly cry for God knows how long?

In lieu of keeping the spirit of the Ateneo fiesta alive even amidst an uncertain situation, the Samahan ng mga Pamantasan ng Mag-aaral ng Ateneo de Davao (SAMAHAN), the official student government body of Ateneo de Davao University, had opted to organize their first ever online school fiesta with a theme “Tayo Tayo”. An event that sets a major milestone not only to the student body but also to the school as it just becomes arguably the first school in the Philippines to hold such huge school event via online. And judging by their Facebook live and the overall outcome of the event, it looks like other schools that would opt to do the same have got big shoes to fill.


One of the events that stood out during its virtual run last August 12-15 in Ateneo de Davao University’s social media accounts was the Quarantine Creative Series: Short Film. Among the nine clusters or department that vie for the winning short film, it was the short film from Humanities and Letters department entitled “Replay” that emerged as the champion –and rightfully so. 

We can’t talk much about what this film is all about because one, we don’t want to spoil things and another we’d rather you watch the film by yourself. But all we know is this film just hits too close to home; especially those with family members who are OFWs or are at the forefront of this ongoing battle with COVID-19, therefore away from each other and with video conference as the only means to communicate. 

The short film, which has been uploaded across Samahan’s social media accounts, is now making rounds online particularly on Twitter with over 150,000 views, 5,000 retweets, and 7,000 likes.

If you’re not convinced yet, we’ve compiled some of the best reactions and reviews from the Twitter world. Don’t forget to grab a tissue by the way because this one’s going to be a tear-jerker.

Here are some of the reactions:

 Here is the director's statement:

You may watch the film through Samahan’s official social media accounts on Facebook and Twitter.