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'A Thousand Cuts' wins best international feature at New Zealand film festival

Jun 20, 2020 - 12:22 PM

The film by Ramona Diaz follows Rappler CEO Maria Ressa, as it covers democracy and press freedom in the Philippines

A THOUSAND CUTS. Rappler CEO appears in Ramona Diaz's documentary on press freedom in the Philippines. Screenshot from Facebook.com/athousandcutsfilm

'Frontline' acquires Ramona Diaz's 'A Thousand Cuts'

Jun 12, 2020 - 11:00 AM

PBS' investigative documentary series 'Frontline' is planning an August 2020 theatrical release for Ramona Diaz's film on Philippine press freedom under President Duterte

LIST: 10 documentaries to stream online

May 18, 2020 - 4:00 PM

Craving for more documentaries after ‘Sunday Beauty Queen’ and ‘The Kingmaker’? Try these!

ABS-CBN postpones stream of 'The Kingmaker' on iWant

May 15, 2020 - 5:29 PM

The film's director Lauren Greenfield announces the postponement on Twitter, and says they have made the film available to Filipino viewers on other platforms

THE KINGMAKER. Lauren Greenfield's documentary on Imelda Marcos is available to Filipino viewers via Vimeo and Apple TV. Screenshot from 'The Kingmaker' trailer

'The Kingmaker' to stream for free on iWant

May 12, 2020 - 10:37 PM

Lauren Greenfield's incisive documentary on Imelda Marcos will be available on the platform on May 15

IMELDA MARCOS. The Kingmaker documents the improbable return to power of the Marcos family. Photo by Lauren Greenfield

Sports in reel life: Documentaries to watch on Netflix

Apr 03, 2020 - 6:30 PM

Watch the stories behind an NFL star turned convict, what led to the ban of an Olympic powerhouse, the 1990s Bulls, and athletes who found triumph in losing

LAST DANCE. Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen, and the dynastic Chicago Bulls of the 1990s will be featured in a 10-part documentary by ESPN. Screengrab from YouTube/ESPN


Who is the Filipino? The Filipino story through documentaries

Mar 08, 2020 - 12:44 PM

In Part 2 of our podcast, we trace our long-rooted history in documentary filmmaking, how documentaries are a nation's "photo album," and the correlation between social media love and documentary consumption

Inside the Industry: Documentary filmmaking with Baby Ruth Villarama

Mar 08, 2020 - 10:09 AM

In Part 1 of our podcast with Baby Ruth Villarama, we talk about her origins as a filmmaker, telling stories from "kanto to palasyo," and why "time makes a documentary"

South Korean TV 'reunites' mother with dead daughter in VR show

Feb 15, 2020 - 11:53 AM

MBC documentary 'I Met You' shows a tearful reunion between a South Korean mother and her deceased 6-year-old daughter via advanced virtual reality

Poland says Netflix Holocaust documentary 'rewrites history'

Nov 13, 2019 - 7:30 AM

'Netflix did not intend to offend anyone or compromise any values,' says a Netflix consultant in Poland

MISTAKE. A map featured in 'The Devil Next Door' documentary wrongly shows death camps built by Nazi Germany during World War II inside the borders of modern-day Poland that were established only after the end of the war. Screenshot from the trailer

'Long Distance' podcast premieres second season with documentary companion series

Nov 06, 2019 - 8:50 AM

PRESS RELEASE: The second season will include stories of an immigrant couple who paved the way for the rise of Filipino food in the United States and of a woman who survived torture and incarceration during the Martial Law

Documentary hopes to prevent rewriting of PH drug war killings story

Sep 24, 2019 - 7:30 PM

Malacañang criticizes 'On President's Orders' for being 'overly dramatized' and 'falsely portrays a dangerous Philippines and a murderous government'

PREMIERE. Around 1,000 invited audiences joined in the screening of controversial docufilm, 'On President's Orders' at Active Vista's 7th International Human Rights Film Festival on Friday, September 20. Photo courtesy of Dakila Media

'The Kingmaker': A poignant reminder of the fragility of democracy

Sep 24, 2019 - 8:43 AM

Award-winning filmmaker Lauren Greenfield examines the political resurgence of the Marcoses under Duterte

MARCOS. The Kingmaker documents the improbable return to power of Former first Lady Imelda Marcos and her family's attempts to rewrite history and regain Malacañang Palace. Photo by Lauren Greenfield

Obamas' first film charts life in US factory under China bosses

Aug 19, 2019 - 9:06 PM

The former first couple acquires 'American Factory,' a film shown during the Sundance Festival in January, which will be shown in select theaters and Netflix starting August 21

[OPINION] The new documentary film and its role in democracy

Jul 28, 2019 - 9:04 AM

We still have a long way to go before we elevate independent documentary culture in the Philippines, but there is hope

Forgiveness takes on a new meaning for Cherry Pie Picache in 'Radical Love'

Jul 07, 2019 - 9:32 AM

The documentary chronicles Cherry Pie's journey in forgiving her late mother's killer

Climate change can be reversed, Leonardo DiCaprio's 'Ice on Fire' claims

May 23, 2019 - 11:20 PM

The actor who produced the documentary has once again teamed up with director Leila Conners, who he worked with in the climate documentary 'The 11th Hour'

US actor Leonardo DiCaprio arrives for the screening of the film "Ice on Fire" at the 72nd edition of the Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, southern France, on May 22, 2019. (Photo by Valery HACHE / AFP)

Prince Harry, Oprah to team up for mental health documentary series

Apr 10, 2019 - 9:55 PM

Prince Harry and Oprah Winfrey are working on an 'enlightening, inclusive and honest' documentary series on mental health with Apple

WATCH: Mother Earth stars in Netflix’s ‘Our Planet’ documentary series trailer

Mar 20, 2019 - 5:34 PM

These animals are ready to make a splash!

Jennifer Laude documentary 'Call Her Ganda' screens at Cinema '76

Mar 15, 2019 - 5:52 PM

The documentary tells the story of Laude from the perspectives of her mother, her lawyer, and a transgender journalist

CALL HER GANDA. The documentary on Jennifer Laude is screening now in Manila. Screenshot from YouTube.com/OfficialBGP

Tech today: A new PH esport league, Tesla 'dog mode,' Theranos documentary

Feb 11, 2019 - 6:15 PM

The Nationals featuring 'Tekken 7,' 'Dota 2' and 'Mobile Legends' start on March 17


WATCH: 'Bounties for Basura' video documentary trailer

Feb 07, 2019 - 6:36 PM

The video is a teaser for a documentary that captures a pilot project testing how bounty incentives could catalyze and self-organize grassroot communities for sustainable environmental impact

WATCH: Lullabies in prison

Nov 20, 2018 - 12:01 PM

An Iloilo-based filmmaker and teacher gives us a glimpse into the lives of women imprisoned at the Iloilo City Jail

#AskTheTaxWhiz: How the TRAIN law affects documentary stamp tax

Nov 16, 2018 - 11:00 AM

The Philippine Tax Whiz discusses the changes in documentary stamp tax rates under the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion law

Rappler Marawi docu wins top prize at Asian Digital Media Awards

Nov 09, 2018 - 8:50 AM

The Virtual Reality war documentary wins the Best Use of Online Video award

Here's where you can watch Coldplay's 'A Head Full of Dreams' documentary

Nov 07, 2018 - 3:40 PM

It'll only be showing for one day, so buy now and get ready for a screen full of magic!

Showing in Hong Kong: Documentary on Filipinos who moderate social media content

Oct 04, 2018 - 8:00 AM

'The Cleaners,' a documentary by German directors Hans Block and Moritz Riesewieck, is part of the Human Rights Documentary Film Festival in Hong Kong

Cayetano slams BBC for 'unfair depiction of democracy in PH'

Oct 03, 2018 - 5:21 PM

Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano says a recent BBC documentary on the Philippines 'amounts to nothing more than anti-Duterte propaganda'

TOP DIPLOMAT. Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano explains in a Senate hearing the Philippines' dispute with China over the West Philippine Sea. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

ABS-CBN's ''Di Ka Pasisiil' wins Gold Dolphin at Cannes

Sep 28, 2018 - 8:04 AM

The documentary about the 2017 Marawi siege wins its second international award to date

GOLD. The documentary about the 2017 Marawi siege wins cold at Cannes. Screenshot from the documentary teaser

#ThewRap: Videos you need to watch this week, July 16-22, 2018

Jul 22, 2018 - 10:51 AM

Watch the 'Give Up Tomorrow' documentary, highlights of the Trump-Putin summit, and the report on Pacquiao's heart ailment

SUMMIT. In this file photo taken on July 7, 2017 US President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin hold a meeting on the sidelines of the G20 Summit in Hamburg, Germany. Photo by  Saul Loeb/AFP

WATCH: 'Give Up Tomorrow' documentary on Rappler

Jul 16, 2018 - 7:09 PM

The documentary about Paco Larrañaga will be streamed online for free on July 16 and will be available on-demand by July 17

This award-winning docu tells the story of 106-year-old Jessie Lichauco

Jun 19, 2018 - 11:50 AM

'Curiosity, Adventure & Love' is a documentary about Jessie Lichauco, humanitarian and wife of former diplomat Marcial Lichauco

JESSIE LICHAUCO. The documentary tells the life story of the American woman who made the Philippines her home. Screenshot from Sunshine de Leon on YouTube

CA orders reinstatement of 2 cops linked to PNP courier deal

Jun 07, 2018 - 4:44 PM

The Court of Appeals' Special 11th Division says 'there is no substantial evidence' that Police Superintendent Lenbell Fabia and Police Chief Inspector Sonia Calixto 'participated or gained' in the alleged conspiracy in the PNP's deal with Werfast Documentary Agency, Incorporated

Ramona Diaz's 'Motherland' returns for special screening

Feb 28, 2018 - 10:00 PM

The documentary takes viewers inside the Fabella Hopsital, known as the country's 'baby factory'

MOTHERLAND. The film goes into the Fabella Hospital, which is regarded by many as the country’s 'baby factory.' Screenshot from YouTube.com/Dogwoof

'American Ripper': What it's like when you discover your ancestor's a serial killer

Nov 21, 2017 - 12:00 PM

Jeff Mudgett, narrator of the new HISTORY documentary ‘American Ripper’ lets us in on his horrible family secret

HH HOLMES. The 19th century serial killer is the focus of a new crime documentary narrated by his own descendant. Photo from History

Marawi in 360: The Cost of War

Oct 26, 2017 - 9:09 PM

Part 2: Experience firsthand the living conditions of the evacuees. Listen to their pain and their worries. Witness the cost of the war through the first-ever, virtual-reality war documentary on the city and surrounding towns.

MASS BURIAL. Bodies were recovered from the main battle area in Marawi city where IS-linked Maute Group are holding ground. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, October 26, 2017

Oct 26, 2017 - 11:15 AM

Hello! Here are the stories you shouldn't miss this Thursday.

Documentary | Marawi: 153 days of war

Oct 25, 2017 - 9:08 PM

(UPDATED) See the terror, get to know the heroes, and learn the lessons of the war that dragged on for 5 months

Marawi in 360: Inside the War Zone

Oct 23, 2017 - 6:44 PM

(UPDATED) Part 1: Experience firsthand what has been left by the battles in Marawi, and the challenges faced by the Philippine military through the region's first-ever, virtual-reality war documentary

ON THE GROUND. Soldiers at the battle zone. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

In Hong Kong, migrant Filipina mothers sing for their distant children

Oct 01, 2017 - 2:04 PM

A choir of Filipina domestic workers in Hong Kong is featured in a new documentary about the lives of the city's maids

UNITED VOICES. In this picture taken on September 3, 2017, 'Unsung Heroes' choir founder Jane Englemann (R) leads her group of Filipina domestic workers during a practice session inside a kindergarten school's classroom in Hong Kong. Dale de la Rey/AFP

IN PHOTOS: 'An Inconvenient Sequel' premieres in PH

Aug 29, 2017 - 3:49 PM

The documentary will be shown exclusively at Ayala Malls Cinemas Trinoma and Glorietta 4 starting August 30 2017

True Crime addicts: this chilling documentary has a 100% rating on Rotten Tomatoes

Aug 26, 2017 - 10:00 AM

The film will be premiering on Netflix in September

STRONG ISLAND. The documentary tells the story of the murder of 24-year-old William Ford, and what happens to his family in the aftermath. Screengrab from YouTube.com/Netflix

Membuat perubahan sosial melalui dokumenter

May 03, 2017 - 5:56 PM

GoodPitch2 akan menampilkan 4 karya dokumenter dari Asia Tenggara di Goethe Institut Jakarta pada 4 Mei 2017

Potongan adegan dari dokumenter 'Song for My Children' yang menceritakan pengalaman kelompok paduan suara keluarga korban pembantaian 1965. Foto dari GoodPitch2

Rappler's 'Impunity' series photog wins Magnum Foundation grant

Mar 24, 2017 - 8:46 AM

Carlo Gabuco s project for this grant chronicles President Duterte s war on drugs as seen through the eyes of affected children

Film on Syria's White Helmets wins Oscar

Feb 27, 2017 - 12:45 PM

The Netflix produced film about rescuers who risk their lives to help save civilians caught in the country s devastating war called simply The White Helmets is directed by Orlando von Einsiedel

This file photo taken on November 20, 2016 shows Syrian civil defense volunteers, known as the White Helmets, helping a victim following a reported airstrikes on Aleppo's rebel-held district of al-Hamra. Thaer Mohammed/AFP

Student filmmaker intentionally gets smartphone stolen to spy on thief

Dec 19, 2016 - 6:49 PM

Using a bugged phone the filmmaker tracks a thief s life and produces a documentary out of it

STOLEN SELFIE. In 'Find My Phone,' the filmmaker was able to take photos of the alleged smartphone thief remotely. Screengrab from YouTube/Anthony van der Meer

WATCH: Leonardo DiCaprio issues climate action call in new documentary

Oct 15, 2016 - 1:24 PM

I didn t want the film to scare people or present them with statistics and facts that they already know but to focus on what can and must be done immediately so that we can leave our planet a livable home for future generations the actor says of the documentary film Before The Flood

MIAMI BEACH, FL - OCTOBER 04: Leonardo DiCaprio attends "Before The Flood" Special Screening at New World Center on October 4, 2016 in Miami Beach, Florida. Gustavo Caballero/Getty Images/AFP

'Sunday Beauty Queen': Film seeks new take on foreign domestic workers

Oct 10, 2016 - 6:28 PM

A documentary that takes an intimate look at the daily dramas of Filipino foreign domestic workers in Hong Kong premieres at Asia’s largest film festival

An undated handout photo released on October 10, 2016 by Manila-based producer Chuck Gutierrez of Voyage Studios shows a still from the documentary 'Sunday Beauty Queen', directed by Baby Ruth Villarama which has premiered at the Busan International Film Festival (BIFF) in South Korea. Chuck Gutierrez/Sunday Beauty Queen/handout/AFP

Embracing humanity: 'Yakap,' the documentary on children with special needs

Sep 18, 2016 - 6:26 PM

Without a doubt children with special needs or disabilities and their families are a worthy subject for a film Yet even without these in consideration – and solely by its artistic merits – the documentary film Yakap is worth watching

Screengrab from YouTube/Center for Possibilites Foundation Inc

Grant for the 12th Angkor Photo Workshop available

Jun 27, 2016 - 3:13 PM

The grant recipient will also get a one year mentorship with any Angkor alumnus photographer from the Philippines and have his or her work featured on Invisible Photographer Asia