Category I (Youths – aged 12 to 16)

Silent Struggles

Team: PH Times Group 1

School: Pei Hwa Secondary School

Silent Struggles is a poignant silent film that explores the harsh reality of drug addiction through the eyes of those who are affected by it the most. The film follows the story of a father who is struggling with drug addiction and the devastating impact it has on those around him, including his family. As the film opens, we see the father (Portrayed by Mr Teo Eng Hao) at the peak of his addiction, using drugs openly at home and pushing away anyone who tries to help him, including his wife (Portrayed by Mdm Chen Peishi). We also see the effect of his behaviour on his family, as they struggle to come to terms with their father/husband’s addiction and the burden it places on their own lives. As the film progresses, we see how the son(Portrayed by Daniel Pang Chi Huang) is affected by his actions. From being teased to fighting with the school bully (Portrayed by Tay Boon Khai Treyden) in school. Resulting from that, the son and father had a large fight about this incident after the principal’s call. Due to overwhelming sadness and concern for his father, the son insulted his father and in a fit of anger, snatched the pack of drugs. After the fight, the father reflected upon himself and decided to give up on his drug addiction Silent Struggles is a powerful and moving tribute to the struggle that so many face when dealing with addiction. Through its stunning visuals and poignant storytelling, the film will leave viewers with a greater understanding of the toll that addiction can take on those who suffer from it and those around them.

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