Struggle

A few days after a super typhoon ravages a small town in the Philippines a lone survivor scavenges for food in an abandoned compound. He stumbles upon a large can of food which he takes for himself but also discovers another desperate and starving survivor willing to use violence to get the can of food. The lone survivor defends himself and kills the starved survivor in the process. The lone survivor runs for his life but is later pursued by the two brothers of the dead survivor. He fights them one by one, killing the two brothers, but there is a price to pay fighting for survival.

  • Steven Atenta
    Director
  • Steven Atenta
    Writer
  • Steven Atenta
    Producer
  • Mark Lloyd Aleguiojo
    Key Cast
  • Daven Niere
    Key Cast
  • Harold Niere
    Key Cast
  • Gerardo Rusiana
    Key Cast
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    Pakigbisog
  • Project Type:
    Short
  • Runtime:
    12 minutes 32 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    March 18, 2015
  • Production Budget:
    220 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    Philippines
  • Country of Filming:
    Philippines
  • Shooting Format:
    Black Magic
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    Yes
Director Biography - Steven Atenta

Steven Atenta is a Filipino American filmmaker and martial artist who was born in San Jose, California and who currently lives in Cebu City. He competes in local and international tournaments and became world champion in 2012 in the World Eskrima Kali Arnis Federation world tournament that was held in Cebu city.

Steven is a film student under the Cinema Program at the University of San Carlos. He has worked on numerous video projects in the Cebu city specifically music videos and event coverage. He worked on a TV show as a camera operator and an editor. He has an interest in making Filipino action movies.

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Director Statement

My thesis short film Pakigbisog “Struggle” is inspired by current events that that has happened in the Philippines, specifically the 2013 super typhoon Haiyan or Yolanda that swept through the Visayas.
It was there where I decided to come up with a simple narrative that takes place in the aftermath of these kinds of natural disasters since they are the most common to hit the country. Pakigbisog is about people fighting over food in the aftermath of a typhoon.
Pakigbisog is an action short film which takes a slow cinema approach and is based on real time spectatorship for people that watch fights in the form of sports either be mixed martial arts, boxing, or Eskrima fights.