The award-winning documentary about Rappler and the fight for press freedom in the country – A Thousand Cuts by Filipino-American filmmaker Ramona Diaz – is now accessible for free in the Philippines.
A Thousand Cuts features the story of Rappler, its CEO Maria Ressa, and the fight for press freedom under President Rodrigo Duterte.
Watch the full documentary here:
The documentary premiered at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival. It has since won awards at several other film festivals including the Gotham Awards 2021, and has been deemed eligible for Best Picture at the 2020 Academy Awards.
In an interview with The Washington Post, Diaz talked about how no broadcaster in the Philippines was willing to air the documentary, which led Frontline to step in and purchase the film’s distribution rights for the country.
“While making the film, you never think that it’s not actually going to be shown in the Philippines,” Diaz said. “I’m naive, I guess. I was like, ‘Oh there’s still press freedom, someone will pick this up, right?’ I just never thought it would be this difficult to do.”
Despite this, Filipinos have shown great interest in seeing A Thousand Cuts. The documentary gained over 230,000 views on YouTube when it was available for 24 hours in the country on Independence Day, June 12, 2020. – Rappler.com