Hot Docs Trailers: ‘On the President’s Orders’

Making its North American premiere at Hot Docs following a debut at CPH:DOX, On the President’s Orders brings an explosive tale of political corruption to Toronto. (SNC Lavalin free, too!) Directors James Jones and Olivier Sarbil explore the mission of President Rodrigo Duterte, who assumed leadership of the Philippines in 2016 and essentially began running the show like a populist mob boss in his mission to eradicate the country’s drug problem. (But arguably outpacing the crimes of his targets in the process.) Attendees at this week’s Hot Docs press conference got a peek at the film’s explosive trailer, which promises a thrilling mix of action, political intrigue, and journalistic rigor. On the President’s Orders premieres April 27 in the World Showcase program.