PHILIPPINES: WAGING WAR ON THE PEOPLE
The documentary follows the story of Dr. Chandu Claver, an indigenous community leader from the Philippines who survives an assassination attempt that takes the life of his wife. Alyce Claver is one of over 900 civilians, including students, workers, peasants and even a Bishop who have been assassinated in the Philippines since 2001 when President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo came to power. The military and the police are clearly implicated and a climate of total impunity reigns.
This is “war on terrorism” Philippines-style. While community groups and progressive forces raise their voices in protest, the government continues to enjoy the backing of the international community and Washington in particular.
Philippines : Waging War on the People follows the growing efforts to bring to light the situation in the Philippines, and some of the institutions and individuals who are adding volume to the protest.
Director : Marie Boti/ Malcolm Guy
Year : 2008
Genre : Documentary
Length : Short
Runtime : 25minutes
Production and Sales company: Productions Multi-Monde/ Centre for Philippine Concerns
Marie Boti and Malcolm Guy made their first films in the Philippines, close to thirty years ago, inspired by the people’s movement against the dictatorship of Ferdinand Marcos. Since then, they have remained attached to this country and its people. They have focussed their camera on stories of migrant workers, as the Philippines became one of the main exporters in the world of their most precious resource, their people. The two films above are the most recent in a collection of a dozen films about Philippine issues produced by their company, Productions Multi-Monde since 1987.