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The Philippines: Life, Death and Revolution

The Philippines: Life, Death and Revolution
50:56 | 1986

Categories: Health and Food, Politics, History

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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tikimama undefined
December 12, 2013
Watch it!
debra sparks
November 28, 2013
Sylvain Marotte
September 25, 2013
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:
September 21, 2013
the guy filming is VERY annoying to listen to
Ariel Saturay
July 29, 2013
Jerry Lee
July 18, 2013
Micah LoRusso
January 20, 2013
The Philippines has improved in terms of National GDP and the common people have moved up rung on the ladder of life but the corruption is still rampant in all levels of society. Also basic Republic and Provincial services like water, roads, police, hospitals, and electricity (which is one of the most expensive kilowatt rates in the world) are still lacking throughout the country. Metro Manila has seen foreign investors put up large skyscrapers and there are many outsourced American and European banking and back office services there. The Philippines has a good public and private education system and a large part of the population speaks English very well. I love how the Pinoys' just smile and laugh when the reporter tells the joke about the light poll that was put up before the election but with no electricity.
Kaliph Pulaka
January 9, 2013
the real philippines....the filipinos need's failed system that politician don't want work for them but not for the public...FEDERAL SYSTEM IS A MUST......
Michael Otto
December 28, 2012
Great documentary! they don't make them like this anymore. more courage in american journalism!
Luckyr Suico
November 6, 2012
Eric Baum
August 19, 2012
Interesting. I know nothing about the Phillipines. April Bagsic