Filipino Punks Living Under The War On Drugs

Anarchy in the Philippines takes a look at Manila’s radical DIY scene, a punk response to Rodrigo Duterte’s violent rule.

Filipino punks living under Duterte
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The war on drugs in the Philippines is relatively unspoken about in the mainstream Western media, despite the persistent violence and killings that have been occurring since Rodrigo Duterte was elected as president in 2016. Setting out to explore the effect that Duterte’s war on drugs is having today, filmmaker and visual artist Jess Kohl discovered a thriving punk scene in Manila and Tarlac, which she describes to Dazed as “an unexpected subculture happening in a troubled part of the world.”

With the intention of giving a voice to the people who are suffering from a war that is targeting them, Kohl’s new short film Anarchy in the Philippines focuses on an underground community living on the outskirts of a society where looking different is a courageous act: “If you wear something different, you’re a drug addict”, says one of the main characters of Kohl’s film. “If you look different – you’re a drug addict again”.

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