How to Die Young in Manila

Petersen Vargas
12 min

The Horse Hospital

17 September



A teenage boy trails a group of young hustlers, thinking one of them may be his anonymous hook-up for the night. But as he makes his way across the city, the hustlers inexplicably appear as dead bodies strewn along the pavement.

Petersen Vargas

Petersen Vargas is a director whose films explore Filipino youth through a queer and regional lens. His feature debut 2 Cool 2 Be 4gotten (2016) won the Audience Award at Torino LGBTQI Film Festival, and his latest short film How to Die Young in Manila (2020) premiered at the Busan International Film Festival and has screened in festivals internationally.