Aswang



Synopsis

When men turn up dead, the old folks whisper of the aswang, a shape shifting beast from folklore. In Manila, bodies pile up and lives entwine as the state wages a brutal war against drugs and crime. In Philippines’ President Rodrigo Duterte’s drug war, death squads have shot, tortured and kidnapped tens of thousands of drug users, dealers and innocent bystanders over the past three years. Duterte gives police officers free rein to use brutal violence, which is particularly directed at the poorest sections of society.

Filmmakers

Alyx Ayn Arumpac
Philippines | France | Norway | Qatar | Germany
2019
85 min

(Filipino with English subtitles)