. MANILA, Philippines No less than President Duterte was the guest of honor at the recent gala premiere of Njel de Mesa's political-action thriller KontrAdiksyon, the latest film inspired by the government's controversial "war on drugs.
" Njel views the movie as somewhat of a Rorschach test.
Duterte would not in any way influence the narrative and storyline, Njel said, "It's not a propaganda film, it actually tells people to stand united and understand each other's point of view and in a rather hard-handed, spoon-fed way (so people don't get the wrong message).
" Apart from co-writing the multi-awarded 2018 hip-hop-themed Respeto (which also touched on the drug war), Njel has done short films and an indie film but "not as commercial as this one with big stars attached to it." "I have done a lot of music videos for various artists since I graduated (from Ateneo De Manila University) and have established my own film production studios for corporate clients.
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At least at the MTRCB scandalous shouting match last Thursday between Board members Kate Brios and NJel
de Mesa had no food security implication.
Apparently, they were invited to join no less than by multi-Palanca award winner Njel
Director Treb Monteras II (who cowrote the movie with Njel
de Mesa), actually began working on the movie three or four years ago, I am told, but 'in the last year or so, everything changed.' The 'change' corresponds, of course, with the start of the Duterte administration and the launch of the war on drugs that has thrown the lives of Filipinos, but especially the poor, into a tizzy.
'Respeto,' which Monteras cowrote with Njel
de Mesa, is an official entry in the 2017 Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival, which runs from Aug.
The summit was organized by playwright-musician Njel
Featured performers are theater actors from Sining Kambayoka, Alab-Artistika, Philstagers, Earthsavers and A.C.T.I.O.N., as well as Liesl Batucan, Alegria, Njel
de Mesa, Vince Tanada, Nenen Espina, Jim Pebanco, Fray Paolo, Dang Elio, Wally Tuyan and Joel Lamangan, plus other special guests.