Alpha, The Right To Kill
In this gritty social-realist thriller, a corrupt police officer and his drug-pusher mole struggle to survive amidst the Philippines’ war on drugs.
With the Philippine government waging an all-out war on drugs, the Manila police force prepares a sting to arrest Abel, one of the biggest drug lords in the city. Key to the operation are mercenary police officer Espino and his informant Elijah, a small-time drug pusher and trusted associate of Abel. As the SWAT team descends upon the slums, the situation quickly escalates into a violent confrontation between the police and Abel’s gang.
Within the chaos, before investigators arrive at the scene, Espino and Elijah hastily snatch a backpack full of money and methamphetamines—starting a chain of events that put their reputations, families and lives on the line. Alpha, The Right to Kill won the Special Jury Prize at San Sebastian International Film Festival 2018.
Cast & Credits
One of the most important Filipino filmmakers working today, Brillante Mendoza won the Golden Leopard at Locarno Film Festival with his debut film, Masahista (2005). His works have competed in major film festivals such as Berlinale, Venice and Cannes, picking up Best Director (for Kinatay, 2009) and Best Actress (for Ma’ Rosa, 2016) at Cannes.
Allen Dizon, Elijah Filamor, Baron Geisler
*Official Selection, San Sebastian International Film Festival 2018