International Films Competition
We Hold the Line
Germany, 2020, 88 min.
English, Tagalog, Eng. and Heb. Sub.
Dir. Marc Wiese
Sat. 11/12 | 18:30 | Cinematheque
Fri. 17/12 | 14:30 | Cinematheque
In many countries of the world democracies are eroding from within. In some countries they are dying. It is a death by a thousand cuts. In the Philippines, journalist Maria Ressa and her team from the news platform Rappler fight against a violent president who executes tens of thousands of people with death squads and turns the country into a dictatorship. Maria is the last woman standing in an unjust war and is being recognized for holding the line against the downfall of democracy by TIME magazine as person of the year in 2018.
Facts, first class journalism and kindness are her defense. She becomes a target of a legal smear campaign by the government and is being imprisoned twice. Duterte weaponizes social media and the law to control the country.
CPH:DOX, F:act Award
Al Jazeera Balkans Documentary FF, Bosnia & Herzegovina
Moscow IFF, Non-fiction and TV Film Guild Prize
German Human Rights Film
Mondovisioni Film Festival