The Philippines: Life, Death and Revolution

50min | 1986
At the height of the turmoil leading up to and following President Ferdinand Marcos' departure from power, Jon Alpert traveled throughout the Philippines recording the daily lives of people from all levels of society and documenting the country's great disparities between the rich, with their extravagant lifestyles, and the poor, who scavenge in Manila's smoking garbage heaps to feed their enormous shanty town.

Culminating with an astonishing, "close-up" view of a rebel ambush on government troops, this in-depth look at the Philippines is an excellent resource for anyone attempting to understand the forces which continue to shape this complex country today.

Exemplifying Jon Alpert's direct approach to his subjects, The Philippines: Life, Death & Revolution has been widely used by journalism classes to examine coverage of a Third World country in conflict, as well as the on-the-spot ethical decisions reporters must make under trying conditions.

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Topics: War, Community, Society, Philippines, Politics, Social Issues, Money, Conflict, Ethics, Journalism, Health
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tikimama undefined
tikimama undefined
December 12, 2013
A
Watch it!
debra sparks
debra sparks
November 28, 2013
A
Sylvain Marotte
Sylvain Marotte
September 25, 2013
B
The politic system has changed since 1986. But the smokey mountains are still there, the poor people are still there, more than ever. I have been in the slums of Manila in 2011. The way I saw it was through the activities around Paco, downtown Manila. Omnipresence of catholic church, linked to community and machenics of the daily organisation. Poor is a word that declines to infinity. I was born in Quebec where catholic church used to be linked with politics up until the mid sixties. Before that, making money and dream of af a better situation was almost considered as a sin. This definition was a perfect ground for the english protestant community to control, helped with the politics, over the catholic french speaking population. If the Philippinos want to free themselves and have a way to a have a decent life, they have to turn their back from catholic church without feeling guilty. Because for now they're not in the hands of God, they're in the hands of a conspiracy that is using their consciousness of God to exploit them. Here in Quebec, it all started to change in the mid 40s with local artists expressing their thaughts and feelings through painting, litterature and many artforms. Some sent to jail deliberately. But in the end, they help to find words for the whole french catholic community. They helped build an Identity through their art production. When I went to the Philippines I noticed that some excentric characters were arrested for performing in a church and other "sacred" locations. There is a parallel to trace between our revolution in Quebec and their revolution to come. Thanks to the film and snagfilm for letting the world know how horrible life can be in this country. You can check my little video filmed in the streets of Manila on this link: http://youtu.be/6sJWDfjvhoo
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September 21, 2013
F
the guy filming is VERY annoying to listen to
Ariel Saturay
Ariel Saturay
July 29, 2013
A