In early 2016, strongman candidate Rodrigo Duterte became president of the Philippines by way of an election that presaged the one that would occur in the United States several months later. He immediately followed through on his promise to wage a war on drugs, deploying undue brute force in his efforts. Along with her staff, renowned Filipina journalist Maria Ressa, founder and CEO of the news site Rappler, vigorously reported on Duterte and his cronies, detailing not just their violence but also the underhanded ways they used social media to spread untruths. Filipina-American writer-director Ramona S. Díaz (Imelda, Motherland) documents these events, framed by the lead-up to the Philippines’ 2019 midterm elections, plus Ressa’s multiple arrests at the behest of Duterte’s administration and the general harassment of Ressa and various journalists by him and others in the PDP-Laban party. There’s a lot going on here—as befits the nuanced subject matter—so at times the documentary is unwieldy, but Díaz offers illuminating access into crevices of Filipino politics and society. One comes to appreciate the heroism of Ressa and her fellow journalists, as well as opposition politicians like Vice President Leni Robredo and senatorial candidate Samira Gutoc, the latter of whom appears as she runs for office as part of the Otso Diretso alliance. In English and Tagalog with subtitles.