'Alunsina,' a docu that tells the story of children during the drug war

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, September 21) — An online documentary festival is featuring a film that tells the story of seven children that were left behind by their parents because of the government's drug war.

Kiri Dalena, director of the documentary 'Alunsina' told CNN Philippines News.PH that the film tells the story of how this "government effort" to eliminate illegal drugs that started in 2016 affected seven children who were left by their parents in their grandmother's care.

She noted that the parents were victims of this anti-drug campaign. The mother was falsely accused of selling illegal drugs, while the father was killed after resisting to cooperate during a police operation, she explained.

Dalena said this was titled as 'Alunsina,' who is a god in a Visayan mythology, to give children and elderly the power since they are usually considered weak members of the society.

The film is featured in Daang Dokyu festival that will also showcase Martial Law- themed films as part of the country's commemoration of the 48th anniversary of the declaration of Martial Law under the leadership of late dictator Ferdinand Marcos on Sept. 21, 1972.

The film is part opening line-up of the event that will run from Sept. 19 to Sept 21.

Despite not being about Martial Law, Dalena said Alunsina was included in the film festival because this tackles one of the issues that are still continuing even though Martial Law already ended years ago, which include killings, and silencing of journalists.

"Kaya isinama ng programmers ang 'Alunsina' ay dahil hanggang ngayon ay nagpapatuloy ang sistema ng Martial Law…. Hanggang ngayon ay yung mga gusto natin sana na mawala na nung panahon ni Marcos ay nananatili sa pamumuno ni Duterte," she said.

[Translation: The programmers included 'Alunsina' because even until today, the system of Martial Law is continuing… Even until today, those that we want gone during the time of Marcos still exists under Duterte's leadership.