Sabongero (film)

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Directed by Janice Y. Perez
Produced by Ruel Antipuesto, Janice Y. Perez
Written by Janice Y. Perez
Starring Patrick Abing
Anbern Rodis
Cinematography Ruel Antipuesto
Release date(s) 2009
Running time 15 minutes
Country Flag of the Philippines Philippines
Language English

Sabongero is a short film directed by Filipino-American Janice Y. Perez. It was selected for the Short Film Corner in the 62nd Cannes International Film Festival.



The story is about a cigarette vendor named Boyax (Patrick Abing). He falls to the lure of cockfighting, hoping to elevate his poor living conditions. He dreams of becoming a big-time sabongero someday. His best friend Dario, who is more engaged in cockfighting, pushes him to pursue his dream. Dario suggests food supplements for Boyax's rooster. Boyax finds himself having to choose between providing for his family or for his rooster. He continues to save for his rooster. Will cockfighting give him the life he's always dreamed of? Or will he risk losing everything?



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