About

BASURERO* is about Bong, a Filipino fisherman, working in an urban fishing village on the outskirts of Manila.  Desperate for cash, Bong dumps bodies into the ocean for the drug war’s faceless vigilantes. The story follows Bong
after he disposes of the “trash.” He wrestles with guilt and tension rises when the killings hit close to home after he discovers his neighbor has been murdered for selling shabu (crystal meth).

 

The story is inspired by a 2017 Al Jazeera report/interview with a fisherman who secretly dumps bodies killed in the drug war by police and faceless vigilantes.

 

Total Run Time: 17 minutes

 

Production Date: October 2019

 

Language: Tagalog (with English Subtitles) 

 

Country of Origin: Philippines, and is a co-production with the USA

 

*Basurero is the film’s all-language title. A translation should not be substituted.

 

Link to Al Jazeera report: http://: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3C51LFAfLvA