FILM TRACING DUTERTE’S DISINFORMATION CAMPAIGN WINS NZ PRIZE

“A Thousand Cuts,” a film that chronicles how President Duterte uses social media to spread disinformation, was named on Friday, June 19, as the best international feature at New Zealand’s Doc Edge International Documentary Film Festival. The festival is being held online only due to the effects of the coronavirus outbreak, said Patrick Frater of Variety magazine.


In an unforeseen real-world twist, earlier this week saw the conviction of Maria Ressa, editor of Rappler, an online newspaper that has been critical of Duterte, and the core subject of the documentary, on cyberlibel charges.

Many media and human rights organizations have criticized the prosecution as trumped up, politically-motivated and illogical given that the offense occurred before the law existed, Frater added.

The documentary was shot and directed by Ramona Diaz, a Filipino-American who had also done films on the Marcoses, whose patriarch, Ferdinand, ruled the Philippines with an iron fist from 1972 to 1986, when he was kicked out by a civilian-military uprising.

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