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Human Rights Watch Film Festival: A Thousand Cuts (15*)

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Nowhere is the erosion of democracy and the power of social media in politics more evident than in the Philippines.

When elected president in 2016, Rodrigo Duterte promised violence with a declared “war on drugs.” We join prominent journalist Maria Ressa and her publication Rappler as they investigate thousands of government-sanctioned murders of primarily poor people accused of using or selling drugs.

To suppress reporting on his mounting abuses, Duterte unleashes a powerful disinformation campaign on social media, targeting journalists with arrests, and violent threats. In this searing film, we follow Ressa and her fearless team as they risk their own freedom in defence of truth and democracy.

Register for free and join us for a live ScreenTalk via zoom at 2pm on Sat 20 Mar with director Ramona Diaz, film participant Maria Ressa, Carlos H. Conde, Senior Researcher, Asia Division, Human Rights Watch, and moderated by filmmaker Kim Longinotto.

US 2020 Dir Ramona S Diaz 98min


This film contains scenes of strong threat, violence and injury that viewers may find disturbing.

Official Selection, Sundance Film Festival, 2020

UK Digital Premiere

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‘A Thousand Cuts is both a chilling tale of a leader’s gross misuse of power, and an uplifting story about courageous journalism and how it can inspire people to action‘
Carlos H Conde, Senior Researcher, Asia Division, Human Rights Watch

Filmmaker Introduction

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Filmmaker Introduction: A Thousand Cuts

Director and producer Ramona Diaz introduces her film, A Thousand Cuts, for Human Rights Watch Film Festival 2021.

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