2016 / 60 minutes

Directed by
Jason Fox Roel Arcilla
Country of production
Philippines United States

Set in the ten days leading up to mayoral elections in Danao, Philippines, Paltik Families follows the Arcillas, a family engaged in an illegal network of counterfeit American gun manufacturers, an especially popular industry during election season. This portrait sorts through imperial debris, both tangible and elusive, that extends from the United States’ earliest presence in the region over a century ago, paying particular attention to its ongoing effects upon democracy, health, and migrant labor.

In the 2017 RAI Film Fest RAI/Basil Wright
Language and subtitles
Cebuano Visaya
Location(s) depicted
Central Visayas (Philippines)

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