It is the battle of our age.
Facebook and other social media giants are being manipulated by governments and corporations, weakening democracies.
And no individual personifies the struggle against it more so than Maria Ressa.
She runs what she calls the “shark tank”, one of the largest independent databases of Facebook accounts and comments that is tracking 15 million accounts propagating disinformation on social media and that are used to control debate globally.
While she lobbies for social media giants to become more accountable abroad, she is facing legal battles at home, with her government trying to jail her, shut her outlet down and silence dissent.
We follow Maria while she fights at the front lines of what she calls the war on truth and to prevent democracies from failing not only in her country but also worldwide.
Credits: Yaara Bou Melhem – Director/ Producer; Georgia Quinn – Associate Producer; Gretchen Malalad – Fixer (Manila); Francisco Forbes – Editor; Ben Emery – DOP (Manila); Benjamin Croce – DOP (Paris); Perish Factory – Animation; Leo Dolgan – Sound Design; Luis Calvo – Colour Grade