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OPC and the HRW Film Festival Present: On the President’s Orders
The Human Rights Watch Film Festival is showcasing two films that will be presented in association with the OPC. On June 17, join us for On the President’s Orders, which was made by two filmmakers who at great risk to their own safety have documented the brutal killing taking place in the Philippines under the Duterte drug war.
A Q&A will follow with filmmakers James Jones and Olivier Sarbil, who was part of the team that won the OPC’s 2017 Edward R. Murrow Award for coverage of Iraq, and Carlos Conde, Researcher, Asia Division at Human Rights Watch.
In 2016, President Rodrigo Duterte announced a “war on drugs” in the Philippines, launching a wave of violence and murder targeting thousands of suspected drug dealers and users. With unprecedented, intimate access both to police officials implicated in the killings and the families destroyed as the result of Duterte’s deadly campaign, On the President’s Orders is a shocking and revelatory investigation into the extrajudicial murders that continue to this day. Entering a murky world of crime, drugs and politics, the filmmakers have managed to capture the clear trajectory of what depths those who wield excessive power can reach, when attacking those who have the very least.
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