Human Rights Watch Film Festival: ON THE PRESIDENT’S ORDERS (free)
Directed by James Jones and Olivier Sarbil.
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.
All Human Rights Watch Film Festival screenings are free, and tickets can be reserved in advance on the Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema website. For more HRWFF films and information, please visit: https://ff.hrw.org/toronto.
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