Apr 6, 2018

Will Netflix's Amo be the Philippine Narcos?

Set against the backdrop of President Rodrigo Duterte's ongoing drug war, Amo - produced in the Philippines and directed by Filipino Brillante Mendoza - tells the story of a troubled teenager named Joseph, who gets pulled into Manila's underground world. "The Philippine government presents a whitewashed view of Rodrigo Duterte's drug war that paints a ludicrous veneer of civility and lawfulness. They will be well-pleased by the first two episodes of Amo," said deputy Asia director Phelim Kine. "One of the most notably preposterous elements of the show is the significant number of suspected drug users and dealers actually surviving their encounters with the Philippine National Police, which is contrary to what has actually been occurring since the drug war began in 2016," he added. In the case of Amo and the Philippines, could native Netflix subscribers view a show about their president's drug campaign as entertainment? "The Philippine drug war is anything but glamorous. I'm excited to see how it will be portrayed on Netflix," she said.

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