How prominent journalist Maria Ressa became a prime target of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on the press. A 90-minute documentary.
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What happens to democracy when press freedom is threatened and disinformation flourishes on social media? In “A Thousand Cuts,” award-winning filmmaker Ramona Diaz tells the story of President Duterte’s crackdown on the press, his pursuit of Ressa and her colleagues, the role of online disinformation, and the implications for democracy.
In the wake of the debut of “A Thousand Cuts” at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival, The New York Times called it “absorbing” (Critic’s Pick); The Washington Post said it is “utterly urgent”; and The Hollywood Reporter described it as “essential.” The documentary has its U.S. broadcast premiere on FRONTLINE (PBS) Friday, Jan. 8, 2021.
Christiane Amanpour, Maria Ressa & Ramona Diaz in Conversation About “A Thousand Cuts”: https://youtu.be/iiK2fQeSPdA
“A Thousand Cuts” is a Concordia Studio, Motto Pictures, and CineDiaz production, developed in association with Topic for GBH/FRONTLINE. The executive producers are Laurene Powell Jobs, Davis Guggenheim, Jonathan Silberberg, Nicole Stott, Raney Aronson-Rath, David J. Cornfield and Linda A. Cornfield. Edited by Leah Marino. The producers are Julie Goldman, Christopher Clements and Carolyn Hepburn. Produced by Ramona S. Diaz and Leah Marino. Written and directed by Ramona S. Diaz.
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