A THOUSAND CUTS
2020 | United States, Philippines
Director: Ramona S. Diaz
Screenwriter: Ramona S. Diaz
Producer(s): Ramona S. Diaz, Leah Marino, Julie Goldman, Christopher Clements, Carolyn Hepburn
Cast: Maria Ressa, Pia Ranada, Mocha Uson, Ronald ‘Bato’ Dela Rosa, Rodrigo Duterte
Cinematographer: Gabriel Goodenough, Jeffrey Johnson
Language(s): English, Tagalog with English Subtitles
Genre: Documentary, Politics, Social Issues
Synopsis: In 2016 Duterte made headlines as an outsider candidate who won the presidency through promises of change and a brutal approach to the war on drugs. Shortly after taking office, he kept that promise, and thousands of bodies began appearing in the streets. As attacks on journalism and the free press begin to ramp up, documentary filmmaker Ramona Diaz follows key players from both sides of the divide. The film documents journalist Maria Ressa and her outlet Rappler as they struggle to continue to tell the truth in the face of extreme opposition, threats, harassment and even arrest. While at the same time, tracking the campaigns of staunch Duterte supporters and influencers. As the fight for power, truth, and democracy unfolds, the story of Duterte and the Philippines becomes one that resonates ever closer to home.
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