Alpha, the Right to Kill
The new feature by Brillante Mendoza (Lola, SFF 2009; Foster Child, SFF 2007) reaffirms his status as one of the most vital and important voices in contemporary Filipino cinema. With characteristic fearlessness, Mendoza takes us to the epicentre of the drug-related violence and extrajudicial executions that have ravaged his country since 2016. Espino is an apparently honest SWAT commander and family man. In reality he's another crooked cop in a hopelessly broken system. Manila slum resident Alpha peddles meth to keep his family fed and acts as Espino's snitch in order to avoid arrest – or worse. Mendoza's stylishly executed thriller provides a memorable picture of a city in the grip of overwhelming fear.