A DOCTOR FACED WITH THE DILEMMA OF SAVING THE LIFE OF THE BOY WHO KILLED HER DAUGHTER

In Swear by Apollo we experience the aftermath of yet another school shooting through the eyes of Dr. Gomez, a Latina surgeon who works at a local hospital in Clearhill, Florida. She suffers a devastating personal loss at the hands of a student possessed by racial hatred. This dramatic life event thrusts her into the unfathomable situation of choosing between succumbing to overwhelming rage or staying faithful to the Hippocratic oath she has sworn. 

The Hippocratic Oath taken by doctors about to enter the practice of medicine begins with the phrase “I Swear By Apollo.” This oath symbolizes the enormous responsibility doctors face when making life or death decisions, and the humbleness needed not to play God.

Swear by Apollo depicts the severity of the United State’s racial climate and the atrocious epidemic of mass school shootings afflicting the country. We journey into the inner worlds of hatred and deluded beliefs that can drive a person to commit atrocious acts of violence, and witness the anguish and impotence of a parent who has lost their child.  

“Skin color may be different, our blood is not.” ~ Dir. Daniel Bethencourt

Directed by Daniel Bethencourt

Produced by Mar de Fondo Studios 

Producers: Darren Heard, Hellen Piedra, Debora von Habsburg

 

Short Film – 15 Minutes

Drama 

Psychological – Disconcerting  – Tense

Awards

Los Angeles Film Awards

Honorable Mention: Narrative Short Suddenly The Sky – Erwan Gobilliard

Austin International Art Festival

Suddenly the sky, Best short actress | certificate 

Canada Shorts – Canadian & International Short Film Festival

Awards of Commendation

Swiss International Film Festival

Special Jury Award

France International Film Festival

Best Short Film

Only The Best Film Awards

Only The Best Indie Short (low-budget)

Phoenix Shorts

Screening

Italy International Film Festival

Honorable Mention

Liberty Film Awards

Best Short Film

Brazil International Film Awards

Best Short Film

World Cine Fest

Best Short Film