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DEADLINE European Premiere Kicks Off in Italy

By Maitet Singson-Ledesma
The Netherlands
Mon 21st November 2011

On November 19, the European premier of Deadline (The Reign of Impunity) kicked off with 2 successful screenings in Modena, Italy.  With 18 scheduled screenings in 7 European countries, the European tour of the film is being sponsored by the International Committee for Human Rights in the Philippines (ICCHRP) and IBON Europe to raise awareness regarding the dismal state of human rights in the Philippines. 

The film is a political thriller inspired by the 2009 Ampatuan Massacre in Maguindanao, Philippines, where 34 journalists were killed.  It brings public attention to the impunity of political killings in the country, earning for it the reputation of being the second most dangerous country in the world for journalists, second only to Iraq.[4]

With breaking news regarding the arrest of former Philippine president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo for alleged sabotage of the 2004 presidential election results, the film brings to light the heinous human rights violations that were perpetuated with impunity under her former government and which she also has to be made accountable for.
Accompanying DEADLINE on its European tour are Allen Dizon, lead actor, and Dennis Evangelista, line and supervising producer of the film.  Atty. Carlos Zarate, human rights lawyer and legal counsel for some of the Ampatuan Massacre victims will also be attending the screenings in the Netherlands, Switzerland and the United Kingdom.
The screenings in Italy also include a press conference on the 20th of November in Rome.  On 23 November, the second anniversary of the Ampatuan Massacre in Maguindanao, a public screening in the United Kingdom will be sponsored by Campaign for Human Rights in the Philippines (CHRP), Amnesty International, the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ), and UNISON, Britain's biggest public sector trade union with more than 1.3 million members. 
More screenings are scheduled in Austria (Vienna), Belgium (Brussels, Gent), the Netherlands (Amsterdam, Utrecht), Denmark (Copenhagen), and Switzerland (Bern, Geneva) and the United Kingdom (London). 
The Amsterdam premiere on the 10th of December will be part of activities celebrating International Human Righs Day. The final screenings for 2011 will be in Geneva, Switzerland, on December 17.

This independent film is the latest artistic collaboration between both multi-awarded playwright Bonifacio Ilagan (Story/Screenplay) and Director Joel Lamangan.
For more information:  IBON Europe, Haachtsesteenweg 53, 1210 Brussels, Belgium

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