We Hold the Line
Maria Ressa and her co-journalists persist like sentries during the worst of Duterte’s dictatorship in the Philippines. There are no checks and balances left to control the president, who openly commits and incites violence, and whose “war on drugs” relies entirely on police and military forces. Ressa, whom the government has repeatedly attempted to incarcerate, leads the team at Rappler, a news portal, and has recently gained worldwide popularity as an uncompromising and fearless journalist. Despite being constant targets, she and her editorial office refuse to surrender or fall silent, but remain to fight against the lies and violence. The film captures their struggles, and even confronts some of the assassins at large.