EJK (Extra Judicial Killings) the movie, which is undoubtedly generating a lot buzz in the Philippines and abroad because of the sensitivity of the issue tackled in the film, has been selected as one of the 12 finalists in the ongoing Riverside International Film Festival (RIFF), one of the longest running film excellence appreciation event in the Inland Empire.
“It is thought provoking but it’s not meant destroy any institution or any person. Ang gusto lang natin makita ng mga tao ‘yung evil and good on both sides,” movie director Rolando Sanchez told this writer during an interview in downtown Los Angeles on Saturday.
Sanchez attested that while the movie was generally a work of fiction, there was a great amount of truth in it as the story was based on “true events.”
“Gumawa lang ako ng mga fictitional characters. But it (EJK the movie) is the nearest to the truth. I myself is currently investigating at least three such cases (extra-judicial killings),” asserted the movie director who is also an active agent of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI).
With 17 years of experience as a law enforcer, Sanchez tucked volumes of “insider information” on the operations and workings of law enforcement agencies, which include the Philippine National Police (PNP).
“Making the movie was a tough balancing act for me as an artist and as a law enforcer. But I believe that we Filipinos have to make an individual stand on the issue (extra-juidicial killing),” Sanchez intimated.
“It is a very delicate issue that needs a holistic approach.”
Sanchez said at least two major film distributors have offered to distribute the film in Philippine cinemas.
EJK is a full length movie that featured respected actors of the Indie film industry such as Mon Confiado, Leon Miguel, Felix Roco, Thaddeus Durano Jr., Sarah Patricia Gill, Federico Leop and Alvin Maghanoy.
Sanchez said if EJK could not bring home any award at the RIFF, he was hoping recognition for the actors and technical people who worked in his movie.
EJK the movie was selected out of 2,654 entries from around the world. The director was reportedly provided with
round-trip plane ticket and hotel accommodation to be present during the film festival.
Sanchez’s movie was scheduled for screening on Wednesday April 26 at 3 p.m. at the Fox Entertainment Plaza at 3635 Market Street, Riverside 92501.