Take an in-depth look at the horrors brought by this regime’s ‘War on Drugs’

 

‘Aswang’ looks at the aftermath of the deadly ‘war on drugs’ campaign of the government. It is directed by Alyx Ayn Arumpac and had its world premiere at the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam last November 2019 where it won a major award.

The award-winning documentary was made available to stream online last Saturday, July 11, 6 pm until Sunday, July 12, 11:59 pm.

Thoughts about the documentary

I’ve been putting off watching this, ever since it became available to stream online, for a myriad of reasons. Mostly I’m scared. Scared of the truth. Scared of what’s in store for me.

I don’t even know how or where to start, it was haunting, unsettling. It was a painfully tough watch. I had to pause quite a few times because some moments were just too much for me to handle, and I’m only a viewer. Imagine what the families of the victims felt, and are still feeling because of the lack of justice brought to those responsible.

Aswang (2019)

I had to remind myself that this isn’t a movie, this is reality, and for some, a normal occurrence.

The real tragedy, aside from the obvious one, is those who are left behind, the children especially. Their innocence has been taken away, and their ignorance of the evils of this world is forever shattered. Seeing dead bodies has become the norm that it doesn’t faze them anymore. It was disheartening, to say the least, and it really put things into perspective for me. It reminded me of how privileged I am and how often I take that for granted.

Aswang (2019)

For those in favor, I hope it doesn’t come to a point where you experience what the victims did before you’ll realize and learn to accept the extent of the damage inflicted by this war on drugs.

The victims shown are merely a fraction of the countless lives that have been taken by this bloody campaign. The 31,232 who died have been turned into mere statistics.

Even though it ends on a somewhat encouraging note, I can’t help but feel helpless, hopeless, and fearful, because we still have to endure two more years of this grave injustice. The future looks bleak.

Aswang (2019)

Didn’t catch the free online streaming? Worry not.

 

Due to the influx of people interested in watching the documentary, the people behind ‘Aswang’ has announced through their Facebook page that the documentary will be made available again in the coming days. So look out for further announcements.

‘Aswang’ was made available to stream online just days after the anti-terrorism bill was signed into law, and after the congress voted to completely shut down ABS-CBN– a clear portrayal of what the government has chosen to prioritize in this time of pandemic.

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