PH drug war short film gets top prize in World Press Photo


Posted at Apr 17 2018 10:25 AM

MANILA - A 9-minute short video about extrajudicial killings under President Rodrigo Duterte's war on drugs won the top prize in a recently held international photo and video competition.

"Duterte's Hell", a film that depicted dead drug suspects, wailing family members, and sound clips of Duterte's anti-human rights pronouncements, won the Digital Storytelling - Short Form category of the 2018 World Press Photo (WPP) contest.

"'Duterte’s Hell' highlights the terror and devastation that the killings are creating for victims’ families and communities. The film also reveals the impunity of perpetrators and Duterte himself," the WPP said in its website.

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The short feature was directed by Filipino photojournalist Luis Liwanag and British multimedia producer Aaron Goodman.

On Tuesday, the Photojournalists’ Center of the Philippines (PCP) lauded Liwanag for "producing compelling and relevant stories that require attention and solution."

Data from the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency showed that as of March 20, 2018, 4,075 drug-linked individuals have been killed while 91,704 anti-illegal drug operations have been carried out since Duterte assumed office in July 2016.