Movie: ‘On the President’s Order’ – Duterte’s Extrajudicial killings (EJKs)


“A shockingly alarming investigation produced with the sensibilities of a social realist drama, Sarbil and Jones’ nonfiction warning should petrify U.S. viewers immeasurably.” – Los Angeles Times

On the President’s Orders is a revelatory investigation into the extrajudicial murders instated under Philippines’ President Duarte that targets thousands of “suspected” drug dealers throughout the country. The sheer quality of evidence put forth in this documentary has led to it being requested as evidence by the International Criminal Court in the case against President Duarte.

17th Annual Human Rights Watch Film Festival:

On the President’s Orders

Friday, January 31 at 7 p.m. at Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema

2019, Documentary, 72 minNEW AT HRWFF THIS YEAR
All Film Screenings Are FREE
Daytime School Screenings

Tickets are free and must be reserved in advance on Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema website
on a first-come-first-served basis.

The 17th annual Human Rights Watch Film Festival starts January 30 and runs through February 4, 2020 in Toronto.


Human Rights Watch is one of the world’s leading independent organizations dedicated to protecting the human rights of people around the world. We work tenaciously to lay the legal and moral groundwork for deep-rooted change and fight to bring greater justice and security to people around the world.

In 2002, Human Rights Watch Canada was established to advance education on human rights issues both in Canada and around the world, and to increase support for the work of Human Rights Watch worldwide.
The Canadian office organizes several larger public and smaller private events throughout the year. This includes our annual Toronto Human Rights Watch Film Festival, which demonstrates the power of film in raising awareness of human rights issues across the globe. The film festival brings to life human rights abuses through storytelling in a way that challenges us all to empathize and demand justice for all people. To learn more about our work or make a donation, please visit

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