Private Project

Katkat/Taktak (Ascend/Descend)

Between two walls, a man is in a dilemma: to struggle and endure or to submit.

  • Ian Embradura
  • Ian Embradura
    Anggulo, Bulak Alaot (The Visits)
  • Ian Embradura
    Key Cast
  • Daryl Dalog
    Director of Photography
  • Sariah Dawn San Juan
  • Project Type:
    Experimental, Short
  • Runtime:
    1 minute 57 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    October 11, 2019
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Director Biography - Ian Embradura

Ian is an Assistant Lecturer at the Department of Philosophy and Humanities of the Mindanao State University - Iligan Institute of Technology (MSU-IIT) where he is also pursuing his graduate degree in Master in Culture and Arts Studies. He is also the co-founder and Associate Faculty Coordinator of Kalilas Film Guild, a student organization in MSU-IIT that geared towards fostering cinema, its craft and appreciation, in the local community.

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Director Statement

Ascending or descending is usually a matter of vertical forces acting upon an object. But some situations only allow the ascent/descent by using horizontal forces. I explore this understanding of the physical world as a metaphor for many things humans have to go through every day.
By setting the film devoid of a specific context, one is left to wonder how such vertical movement is not merely as one dimensional as it seems, in the same way that life is a constant push and pull in the least expected places.