With unprecedented access, The Nightcrawlers is an unflinching exposé of Philippines President Duterte’s war on drugs, in which some claim over 20,000 people have been killed. RL, a former staff photographer for a prominent newspaper, leads the Manila Nightcrawlers, a small group of determined photojournalists on a mission to expose the true cost of the violent campaign. Through covering both sides of the conflict, The Nightcrawlers reveals a harrowing twist behind Duterte’s deadly crusade.
How can you help?
The film hopes to illuminate the importance of press freedom worldwide, while highlighting the work of journalists in uncovering human rights and other abuses around the anti-drug campaign in the Philippines.
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If you are from the Filipino diaspora we can help arrange a screening and discussion in your area to talk about these complex issues.
ADDITIONAL RESOURCES FROM ORGANIZATIONS WORKING IN THE PHILIPPINES
Rappler is a Philippine-based online news network using stories to inspire community engagement and digitally fuelled actions for social change. Their founder, Maria Ressa, an Award-winning former CNN bureau chief, has not been afraid to cast criticism. Read their latest stories on Duterte’s war on drugs.
REPORTERS WITHOUT BORDERS
Reporters Without Borders is the world’s biggest NGO specialising in the defence of media freedom. Read their work on Philippine media independence.
COMMITTEE TO PROTECT JOURNALISTS
The Committee to Protect Journalists in an independent, nonprofit that promotes press freedom worldwide, defending the right of journalists to report the news safely and without fear of reprisal, and documenting hundreds of attacks on the press each year. Read their work on attacks against journalists in the Philippines.
Amnesty International is the world’s leading human rights organisation, carrying out vital work reporting on the specific atrocities ongoing in the Philippines. They have called for the UN Human Rights Council to open an investigation into gross human rights violations committed as part of Duterte’s “war on drugs.” Read their latest report.
HUMAN RIGHTS WATCH
Human Rights Watch is a leading international NGO investigating and reporting on abuses happening in all corners of the world, undertaking urgent research into the ongoing extrajudicial killings in the Philippines. Read their work.