Ben Rekhi & Jake Macapagal – INTERVIEW
Honest and violent, Ben Rekhi’s feature film was competing in the Deauville American film festival. Taking place in the Philippines, the film is focusing on the war on drugs that is currently turning into a civil one.
Let’s meet the director and his actor Jake Macapagal.
Interview and Text by Lisa Muratore
Images Theo Bosschaert
Reading time 4 min.
Idyllic Philippines are dead. With Watch List, American director Ben Rekhi is exposing the backstage : drug dealers chased by Duterte’s government. Maria’s destiny is recounted. Portrayed by Alessandra de Rossi, she has to raise her three children alone after her husband’s murder. Willing to find out the truth, she has to turn to an unorthodox cop interpreted by Jake Macapagal. Even with the violence of the subject, the film is deeply humane. Ben Rekhi’s fiction’s authenticity feels almost like a documentary, the first scene, camera on shoulder, in Manila’s slum being quite evocative. As a patern in this edition of the Deauville film festival, the movie’s main character is a strong and ambiguous woman. According to Ben Rekhi, women characters help you approach tough subjects on an insightful and emotional angle. Interview…
Even with the violence of the subject,
the film is deeply humane.