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.

Watch List

Interview

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.

Voir aussi

January 22 in Theaters

Films
23 January 2020

La Llorona

The general in his labyrinth

Jayro Bustamente use des codes du cinéma de genre pour mettre en lumière les tourments de son pays, le Guatemala, en quête de justice. Etrange…

January 22 in Theaters

Films
23 January 2020

Bombshell

#MeToo

Nicole Kidman, Charlize Theron, Margot Robbie sont à l’affiche de ce film qui dénonce d’un même mouvement la chaîne d’info en continue conservatrice Fox News et le harcèlement que faisait…