How a Filmmaker Found a B-Movie Aesthetic to Draw Light to Violence in the Philippines

A Filipino-American journalist bites off more than she can chew (and drink) in the nail-biting 'Manila Death Squad.'

A pleasurably disorienting short film infused with breakneck speed and heightened dramatic tension, Dean C. Marcial's Manila Death Squad is its own candy-colored wallop. Primarily taking place in the back of a bar where a group of vigilantes, drunk and subsequently reckless, come across a Filipino-American journalist requesting to meet their boss, the film blends real life inspiration (corrupt politician-supported vigilantes feel they own the streets) with a B-movie aesthetic (in order to get what she wants, the journalist must compete in a high stakes game).

After a lengthy, successful festival run, Manila Death Squad now premieres on Vimeo (where it was a Staff Pick). No Film School caught up with Marcial to discuss the real-life implications of vigilante justice, violence in the Philippines, the film's eye-popping visual presentation, and how a certain film collaborative in Miami helped bring the project to life.

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