Aswang

(Aswang)

Philippine director Alyx Ayn Arumpac presents a frightful testimony about the war on drugs that President Rodrigo Duterte has declared on his people. State-sponsored violence is slowly leading to social disintegration.

In Philippine folklore the word "aswang" refers to a dreaded demon. After Rodrigo Duterte was elected Philippine president in 2016, however, these ghosts materialised in the real world and began to stalk through the streets of the city. Thousands of people were killed, kidnapped and tortured by police commandos and assassins. They were often poor drug users, while drug barons continued to escape justice. While investigative journalism is a dangerous profession, the courageous director follows several characters whose lives have been devastated by these events. The fate of a boy whose parents are in prison and whose friends are dead eloquently embodies the lives of the lost generation in a time of drug warfare. The film shows a city that becomes a battlefield after sunset, when aswang awakens in its streets.

Czech premiere

About the film

Director: Alyx Ayn Arumpac
Philippines, France, Norway, Germany, Qatar
2019 | 85 min.

Language: English, Filipino

Subtitles: English

Director

Alyx Ayn Arumpac

Festival guest on days
Mar 12 - Mar 14, 2020

Filmography
2019 - Aswang
2016 - Beast
2015 - Garage Inventory

Alyx Ayn Arumpac

Screenings

08. 03. 20:00 Atlas - Small Hall
Tickets
12. 03. 17:30 Evald
DiscussionAlyx Ayn Arumpac, director
Tickets
13. 03. 20:30 Svetozor - Large Hall
DiscussionAlyx Ayn Arumpac, director
Tickets

Others Films from category Journeys To Freedom

Aswang

Aswang

Philippine director Alyx Ayn Arumpac presents a frightful testimony about the war on drugs that President Rodrigo Duterte has declared on his people. State-sponsored violence is slowly leading to social disintegration.

Face the Music in Kazakhstan

Face the Music in Kazakhstan

The Kazakh band Ninety One stirred up the conservative waters of the local music scene and the strictly hierarchical society. Although the musicians wearing makeup, earrings and dyed hair enchanted tens of thousands of fans, in their home country they are facing waves of hatred, concert cancellations, and threats.

Khartoum Offside

Khartoum Offside

Sudanese women practise football without professional equipment, in secret, and separated from the rest of the world by a fence. Although their skill and enthusiasm equal the men’s, the government won’t hear of a women’s team.

Mai Khoi & The Dissidents

Mai Khoi & The Dissidents

Vietnamese singer Mai Khoi decided not to be a conformist pop star and began to draw attention to the lack of freedom in her country, where civil activists, journalists and bloggers are being persecuted and arrested.

Never Again in Venezuela

Never Again in Venezuela

Dozens of people have already been killed by the Venezuelan security forces for protesting against the regime. The survivors can only hope that their sacrifice was not in vain.

The Cave

The Cave

In the besieged eastern area of Ghouta 400,000 civilians have become imprisoned, continually facing air raids in the Syrian civil war. For many of them, the last rescue is provided by a hospital with a complex of underground shelters, also called the Cave.

The Earth Is Blue as an Orange

The Earth Is Blue as an Orange

For one mother and her children, making a film together is a way of coming to terms with the trauma of war in Donbass, Ukraine.

The Forbidden Strings

The Forbidden Strings

Four Afghan immigrants living in the Iranian metropolis dream of becoming rock stars. Now they face a great challenge – their first public concert.

Transnistra

Transnistra

A poetic film about a group of young people in Transnistria, whose adolescence and future lives are shaped by the environment in their native country, which is facing social, political, and economic problems.

War of Art

War of Art

Do Europeans have a way to artistically enrich North Koreans? And vice versa? The film presents a clash of two views of art and its different roles in society.

Others Films from category Right To Know

Advocate

Advocate

For almost 50 years Israeli lawyer Lea Tsemel has defended clients she considers to be political prisoners. The vast majority of the public has a different name for them – terrorists.

Another Paradise

Another Paradise

Over 50 years ago the British government leased the Chagos Islands to the US to build a military base. The former inhabitants still live in exile.

Aswang

Aswang

Philippine director Alyx Ayn Arumpac presents a frightful testimony about the war on drugs that President Rodrigo Duterte has declared on his people. State-sponsored violence is slowly leading to social disintegration.

Behind the Blood

Behind the Blood

In politically unstable Honduras the security situation is bleak. Extreme crime, murder and violence are commonplace here.

Discount Workers

Discount Workers

Eight years ago, fire broke out in a cellar workshop in Karachi, Pakistan, where clothing was made for a German chain store. 258 people were buried under the ruins.

For Sama

For Sama

After years under siege, the Syrian city of Aleppo has turned into a ghost town. It is the backdrop for a dramatic story of a filmmaker capturing the course of a never-ending conflict as a testimony for her new-born daughter Sama.

Landless

Landless

People without access to farmland express their discontent with the situation in Brazil through radical, community-wide protests.

Lost Home

Lost Home

Young Slovak director Juraj Mravec witnessed the war in Iraq in close proximity to suffering and death. This experience became the basis for his film about war and male friendship.

Mai Khoi & The Dissidents

Mai Khoi & The Dissidents

Vietnamese singer Mai Khoi decided not to be a conformist pop star and began to draw attention to the lack of freedom in her country, where civil activists, journalists and bloggers are being persecuted and arrested.

Prison for Profit

Prison for Profit

Torturing prisoners with electroshocks and the forced application of depressants are only two consequences of the privatisation of a South African prison as revealed in this Dutch investigative documentary.

Sea-Watch 3

Sea-Watch 3

The crew of Sea-Watch 3, led by her captain, Carola Rackete, rescued more than forty refugees from drowning in the Mediterranean. A few days later, they were facing another dismal situation as one European harbour after another refused to let them cast anchor.

There

There's Something in the Water

Canadian actress Ellen Page sets out on a trip through her native province of Nova Scotia. The main trigger for the journey and making this film was the eponymous book by Ingrid Waldron, which draws attention to a new phenomenon: environmental racism.

Welcome to Chechnya

Welcome to Chechnya

In Chechnya, homosexuality is a disgrace – for the individual and their family. Those who have escaped now have the chance to tell their story.