Without a doubt, the Philippines’ most controversial film last year, Dukot is a a story that delves into the issue of extra-judicial killings and desaparacidos in the Philippines.
An issue that has unfortunately been a serious problem in the country since the Marcos era and one that has come into forefront of public consciousness again during Gloria Macapagal Arroyo’s tenure as president.
In fact, Dukot was once banned in the Philippines because a portrait of Arroyo was visible in the background during one of the scenes in the movie.
One can safely assume that it was intentionally done since thousands or hundreds, if you believe the statistics from government officials, of activists, journalists, community leaders among others, who had chosen to stand up against the wrongdoings of the government were kidnapped, tortured and killed during Arroyo’s tenure. Among them, were Filipino-American Melissa Roxas, who was tortured for six days and Pastor Andy Pawican, who according to numerous witnesses was forcibly taken into custody and killed by uniformed men believed to be members of Philippine army’s 48th Infantry Battalion.
According to a report by Philip Alston, a human rights practitioner, the killings are a serious threat to the democracy that many in the country had fought hard for and the victims are ‘carefully selected and intentionally targeted,’ for the purpose of warning civil-society leaders about their possible fate if they continue their activism.
As a result, it is vital that the extra-judicial killings are resolved and justice is served for each of the victims. One of the ways to achieve that is to let our voices be heard and expose the problem, which are probably two of the intentions by the people behind Dukot. If not, then the killings will continue to happen with barely any hint of justice as proven by the fact that only 1% of the extra-judicial killings has been resolved since the beginning of Arroyo’s tenure.
So attend one of the film U.S. premieres to show support for the film, while learning more about the issue
Remember, a country full of people, who doubts their level of security and freedom will never achieve ‘real change’ and stability.
Dukot U.S. tour schedule:
Friday, September 17, 2010, 7:00 PM
Search to Involve Pilipino Americans (SIPA)
3200 West Temple Street
Los Angeles, CA 90026
Friday, September 24, 2010, 7:00 PM
Glendale Central Public Library
222 E. Harvard Street
Glendale, CA 91205
Saturday, September 25, 2010, 12:30 PM
The Art Theatre of Long Beach
2025 East 4th Street
Long Beach, CA 90804
Saturday, September 18, 2010, 6:00 PM
Centro Cultural de la Raza
2004 Park Blvd
San Diego, CA 92101
Friday, October 8, 2010, 7:00 PM
June Jordan School for Equity
325 La Grande Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94112
Friday, October 22, 2010, 6:30 PM
Baruch College-City University of New York
55 Lexington Ave
New York, 10010
Saturday, October 23, 2010, 6:30 PM
Stevens Institute of Technology
1 Castle Point on Hudson
Hoboken, NJ 07030
Sunday, October 24, 2010, 6:30 PM
Downtown Community Television Center (DCTV)
87 Lafayette Street
New York, NY 10013
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