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On The President's Orders (2019)

On the President's Orders (original title)
The searing story of President Duterte's bloody campaign against drug dealers and addicts in the Philippines, told with unprecedented and intimate access to both sides of the war - the ... See full summary »
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Rodrigo R. Duterte ... Self
Jemar Modequillo Jemar Modequillo ... Self
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The searing story of President Duterte's bloody campaign against drug dealers and addicts in the Philippines, told with unprecedented and intimate access to both sides of the war - the Manila police, and an ordinary family from the slum. Shot in the style of a thriller, this observational film combines the look and feel of a narrative feature film with a real life revelatory journalistic investigation into a campaign of killings. The film uncovers a murky world where crime, drugs and politics meet in a deathly embrace - and reveal that although the police have been publicly ordered to stop extra-judicial killings, the deaths continue.

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The film premiered at the Copenhagen International Documentary Festival (CPH:DOX) in March 2019 and was nominated for the "F:ACT Award". See more »

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Edited into Philippines, sur ordre du président (2020) See more »

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War on the poor
26 October 2019 | by paul2001sw-1See all my reviews

Drugs ruin many people's lives. Making them illegal turns the supply chain criminal and arguably multiplies the damage. In the Phillipines, an endemic of drug-fuelled crime by been addressed by the President effectively deciding to eliminate (through the use of armed police) anyone involved in the drug trade in any way, including low-end users. It's horrific, and while this documentary follows a supposed attempt to improve police practice, the officers' commitment to desisting from murder always seems wafer thin and a brief period of relative calm is ended with a resumption of a quite literal war on drugs. The shocking disregard for human life matches the stupidity of the policy; footage of an actual (possibly police-delivered) killing adds to the sense of immediacy. In a just world, President Duterte would be the one facing justice; but even he does not deserve the fate he hands out to those whose real crime is simply to be poor.


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