A Thousand Cuts

A Thousand Cuts

USA | 2020 | 110 min. | Ramona S. Diaz

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Nowhere is the worldwide erosion of democracy, fueled by social media disinformation campaigns, more starkly evident than in the authoritarian regime of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte. Witness firsthand how Journalist Maria Ressa places the tools of the free press—and her own freedom—on the line in defense of truth and democracy in A Thousand CutsIncludes access to a livestream Q&A with filmmaker Ramona S. Diaz and Maria Ressa in conversation with Christiane Amanpour on August 9 at 8:00am PT.

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On June 15, 2020, journalist Maria Ressa was found guilty of cyber libel, setting a ticking clock on the limited time she has to get her story out to the world and keep the fight for democracy alive in this all too familiar tale of an autocratic leader drowning out "fake news." Nowhere is the worldwide erosion of democracy, fueled by social media disinformation campaigns, more starkly evident than in the authoritarian regime of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte. Ressa places the tools of the free press—and her freedom—on the line in defense of truth and democracy. Ramona S. Diaz's thrilling film follows key players from two sides of an increasingly dangerous war between press and government. As each side digs in, we become witness to an epic and ongoing fight for the integrity of human life and truth itself—a conflict that extends beyond the Philippines into our own divisive backyard.

"A Thousand Cuts provides an expansive, revealing look at the Filipino political situation, and it doesn't feel like it's warning viewers about what will happen in America, so much as telling us what's coming next."—Nick Allen, rogerebert.com

"A Thousand Cuts is a film in defense of those fighting for truth in leadership and for democracy as a whole."—Norman Gideny, Film Threat

  • Director: Ramona S. Diaz
  • Country: USA, Philippines
  • Year: 2020
  • Running Time: 110 min.
  • Producer: Ramona S. Diaz, Leah Marino, Julie Goldman, Chris Clements, Carolyn Hepburn
  • Screenplay: Ramona S. Diaz
  • Cinematographers: Gabriel Goodenough, Jeffrey Johnson
  • Editors: Leah Marino
  • Music: Sam Lipman
  • Website: Official Film Website
  • Filmography: Motherland (2017), Don’t Stop Believin Everyman’s Journey (2012), The Learning (2011), Imelda (2004)
  • Language: English, Tagalog
  • Has Subtitles: Yes