Beastmode, a Social Experiment

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Beastmode, a Social Experiment

Directed by Manuel "Eshei" Mesina III

  • Philippines 2018; 85 min
  • Original version: Filipino
  • Genre: Documentary


BEASTMODE interweaves what at first sight seem to be two unconnected storylines: the first two years of rule by President Rodrigo Duterte of the Philippines, notorious for his war against drugs, and the reconstruction of a social and artistic experiment about violence and performance—a sort of Fight Club 2.0. The central figure in the experiment is the well-known Filipino actor Baron Geisler. He's apparently incapable of controlling his aggression, and ends up fighting in public. Social media explode, and a media frenzy ensues. Geisler and other protagonists look back in video diary style on the outcry their project has caused.



    Vanessa "Banuk" Amante