‘Dark Is The Night’ Depicts the Black Reality of the Philippines War on Drugs

Norfolk, VA – January 15, 2018 – The war on drugs in the Philippines is unlike any other, underlined by aggressive change, moral ambiguity and in some cases, injustice. The innocent victims of the anti-drug crackdown have finally got a voice that speaks about and portrays their trauma. ‘Dark Is The Night’, a film produced by Brian Sellers of Sound Investment Equity, LLC, a private equity fund involved in various industries, and award winning Filipino director, Adolfo Alix Jr., which sheds the much needed light on the darker side of this war.

‘Dark Is The Night’ is an international film recently premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival. The 106-minute movie offers a naked look at a household in a busy city torn apart by the looming bureaucratic anti-drug crackdown. Producer Brian Sellers and writer and director Adolfo Alix Jr. have used the visual medium’s descriptive and silent power to explore various traumatizing aspects of the war on drugs declared by Philippines’ President Rodrigo Duterte.

‘Dark Is The Night’ stars veteran actors Gina Alajar and Phillip Salvador as a couple who deal in drugs to make ends meet. Alajar is middle-aged and sews washrags (trapo) and sells them as her front business, while Salvador drives a jeepney at times, and is prone to ignore his family and business. The movie goes on to portray their fate, and brings out the evils of conflict and injustice through striking use of camera work (cinematography by Albert Banzon) and action.

“Human rights are not just an “America” issue. It is a universal cause that we all must do our part to protect. After many meetings with Adolfo Alix Jr., Lourdes Gopez, and Getty Suarez, we felt ‘Dark Is The Night’ was a story that must be told. Our aim with the film was not to attempt to discredit President Duterte, but instead to highlight the unforeseen consequences that such an aggressive stance can create. ‘Dark Is The Night’ is not a solution to the ever complex problem of drug abuse; it is simply a question about solving it,” said Executive Producer and Sound Investment Equity, LLC, Chief Executive Officer, Brian Sellers.

‘Dark Is The Night’ strikes viewers with its action shots, chase scenes, and a dark and vivid portrayal of violence. The visuals are often kept shaky, with subtle details that upset and sensitize the viewer. The camera is on occasion kept tight with a shallow focus, to create an experience of confinement in a limited space. The movie also uses samples of Duterte’s speeches that reveal an intimidating moral authority. Most action scenes are shot in the slums of Manila, and capture viewer’s attention with force.

After its premier at the 42nd Toronto International Film Festival, ‘Dark Is The Night’ has been shown as part of “People Have the Power: Resistance in Filipino Cinema” talks from October 5-November 4, 2017.

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