In 2016 president Rodrigo Duterte of the Philippines ramps up the country’s war on drugs by announcing that he will not rest until the nation’s three million drug addicts are dead. ON THE PRESIDENT’S ORDERS documents Filipino police’s absurdly brutal treatment of Manila’s poorest citizens, which devolves into outright executions of suspected dealers and users. This intimate and raw documentary thriller shows how one reckless speech from a power-mad demagogue results in war-like attacks on the country’s underclass.
James Jones, Olivier Sarbil
James Jones (UK), Olivier Sarbil (France) ON THE PRESIDENT’S ORDERS is their first feature length documentary together.