A Thousand Cuts (2020)
Dir. Ramona S. Diaz | Philippines | Documentary | 98 mins | M18 | English and Tagalog with English subtitles
“First they came for the journalists. We don’t know what happened after that.” At the climax of her tumultuous legal battle with Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s iron–fisted administration, journalist Maria Ressa looks to a Holocaust poem for inspiration; what happens if you lose the good fight? A Thousand Cuts takes us behind the lens of Philippine online news outlet Rappler as its journalists battle censorship to expose the violent realities of Duterte’s controversial war on drugs. The documentary stands in a crossfire of disinformation campaigns and conflicting claims of truths, portraying the Philippines as a sober microcosm of the ethically-ambiguous social media battleground now frighteningly prevalent in global politics. With personal and press freedom at stake, Ressa resists what she calls the “death, by a thousand cuts, of [the Philippines’] democracy.”
Awards: Nominee – Grand Jury Prize, Documentary (Sundance Film Festival)
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