Documentary 2006 / Colour / 30 mins / Philippines
This documentary contextualizes the issue of US military presence in the country within the long and bitter history of conflict in the south. Countering the reductionist frame set by the narrative of the “global war against terror,” it examines the historical conditions that led to the emergence of the Moro separatist movement and the subsequent rise of the Abu Sayyaf. It dissects the government’s contradictory attempts to downplay its threat while at the same time justifying escalating military operations in the region.
Against this backdrop, the documentary then probes into allegations of US military involvement in the war.
Filmmakers: HERBERT DOCENA and ANNA ISABELLE MATUTINA
Producer: FOCUS ON THE GLOBAL SOUTH
Narrator: JAIME FABREGAS
Animation: BON LABORA
Additional Graphics: FREDIE ABRIL
Post-Production Assistant: SHERLYN TALACTAC