The “tee-girls” fulfil their duties stoically, squatting in the dust as they sort golf balls. They fish them out of the water-lily-covered ponds and place them for the golfers as they swing their clubs narrowly past the girls’ faces. Their boss surveys the scene sternly, watching everything and everyone. Isabel still has to learn the ropes but is already looking for shortcuts. The golf course as a self-contained cosmos that reflects social conditions.
by Rafael Manuel
with Jorybell Agoto, Micah Musa, Sunshine Teodoro, Elle Velasco
Philippines / United Kingdom 2020 Filipino, English 24’ Colour World premiere


  • Jorybell Agoto (Isabel)
  • Micah Musa (Micah)
  • Sunshine Teodoro (Susan)
  • Elle Velasco (Charlie)


Written and Directed by Rafael Manuel
Cinematography Xenia Patricia
Editing Rafael Manuel
Sound Design Manuel Colayco
Production Design Andrea Vigoni
Co-Producers Naomi Pacifique, Kyle Nieva, Kiko Meily, Rafael Manuel
Co-Production Idle Eyes London, Vereinigtes Königreich
Screen Asia Manila, Philippinen
Simple Truth Manila, Philippinen

Produced by

The London Film School

Rafael Manuel

Born in Manila, the Philippines in 1990, he is a director, screenwriter, producer and editor. He studied philosophy and visual communication at the Ateneo de Manila University before taking up a master in filmmaking at the London Film School. He has also worked in advertising as a copywriter for Saatchi & Saatchi and as a creative director at TBWA.

Filmography (short films)

2017 Sadie Makes a Baby 2018 Dogeater 2019 Filipiñana

Bio- & filmography as of Berlinale 2020