PH film on EJK, war on drugs now showing at Toronto Int’l Film Festival
TORONTO — Director Adolfo Alix Jr. movie “Madilim Ang Gabi” (Dark Is the Night) is being shown at the Toronto International Film Festival with Gina Alajar until October 31. It stars Gina Alajar, Phillip Salvador, Bembol Roco and Felix Roco.
Alix Jr., one of the Philippines’ most adventurous independent filmmakers, looks at the appalling social costs of current Filipino President Rodrigo Duterte’s extrajudicial war on the country’s drug trade, which by conservative estimates has already resulted in 7,000 deaths.
A middle-aged married couple makes ends meet by dealing drugs on the side; when they decide to quit the trade, their addicted son goes missing. As the desperate parents scour the city for clues, the victims of the drug war continue to pile up, their bodies often dumped in the streets adorned with placards proclaiming their guilt.
WATCH: Trailer of “Madilim and Gabs’ showing at the Toronto International Film Festival as “Dark Is the Night.”
Pointedly questioning how we can ever consign other people to the category of the “inhuman,” Alix also shows his nuanced awareness of his country’s complex situation via the Duterte wrist band that the mother wears — an ironic reminder that strongmen populists often find support from those they are most likely to abuse.
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