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trapped by a drug that refuses to release them. >> from al jazeera's headquarters in doha, this is the news hour. here's what is coming up in the next 60 minutes. thousands of anti-government protesters back on the trees of malaysia. the prime minister remains defiant. south sudan's army and rebels accuse each other of breaking a sees fire just hours after it was put in place. >> their rooms areover crowded. and too many mosquitoes.
>> where dreams become nightmares. inside of a migrant detention center in italy that is more like a prison. >> ma lashes prime minister say the protest against him is unpar patriotic. thousands are gathering calling for his resignation. we'll have more on all the latest developments in a moment. first take a look at what is happening on the streets. >> they converged on the center of kuala lumpur in the tens of thousands calling for the resignation of prime minister
najid razak. it has not happened yesterday. members of the bersih movement say that it could still be called a success. >> ber sih in malay means clean, and they say the prime minister is anything but. they want najib arrested on corruption charges. last month allegations surfaced that he had taken $700 million from the state investment fun. >> this protest was also about the changing face of politics in this country. malays form the majority of the population but most of the demonstrators were young ethnic chinese who are increasingly becoming more politically
active. ava said that she and her friends are more informed than older generations, and therefore they feel emboldened. >> we know that we get the news from the different parts not only from the newspaper, we go online and international websites. >> they're also fighting for freedom of speech and the right to dissent. this rally was declared illegal by the government was prayer permission was not granted. a deputy prime minister said that action will be taken in the days ahead. previous politicallallies have ended in clouds of tear gas. this was a peaceful gathering of malaysians who want to see change. >> we speak to wayne, the prime minister was speaking today, but it was his annual address even
though he did refer to the protests that are going on taking place behind you. >> yes, you're right. it was a scheduled pre-independent day speech coming up on monday. there was a lot of speculation about how much time he would spend talking about the current political situation in particular this protest movement that has been on the streets for almost 34 hours now. he said that we must reject any form of street protest that disrupts public order. he went much stronger than that and said that in islam they are prohibited and referring to the current political situation perhaps the challenges that he and his party and coalition is facing from opposition groups, he said we will never allow anyone from within or outside to walk in and destroy all that we have built.
certainly some strong words there from the prime minister. the man that these protesters wanted to see out of office. >> how significant is it, wayne, that we did see the former prime minister come out in support of the protests? >> certainly very symbolic. that was the second time that they had been to the protest sites during the last 34 hours or so. very symbolic. but you're right today they did speak. they spoke to the protesters. there was also some irony. while a lot of protesters support what they had to say, obviously, he leaves that there should be people empowered to remove the prime minister from office. there is a large segment of this group here who believes it is ironic that the former prime minister helped to create the system that is in place now. he pretty much hand picked najib
razak to be the prime minister. while there is support in the message in the fact that he's supporting this movement, there is skepticism as well what his motives might be. >> wayne, thank you for that from kuala lumpur. >> well, germany, france and britain are calling for european countries to improve the way they register migrants and refugees. many try to escape because they don't want to be fingerprinted because if they are then any country they move on to could legally send them back to hungary. most do in the want to stay in hungary. most aim for germany. many in macedonia wait for a
train to take them to serbia. the macedonia government said that on saturday 2.5000 refugees took that train. >> we understand death is here. we're prepared to die. this is a journey of death, and we know we don't even have a guarantee of making it. we call this a journey of death, not a vacation. in greece they left us to die like dogs. the first time our engines stopped running the greeks were nearby, but they didn't even look at us. they left us to drown. the turks came to rescue us. >> a large number of refugees and migrants come by sea. they cross the mediterranean from libya and land in italy. but in reports the reception they often receive is not what they expect. >> a cry for help from a refugee center that looks more like a prison. these are some of the 64 nigerian women rescued in july from the mediterranean sea like thousands before and after them
prison, but it certainly looks like one. refugees are locked behind bars, and their freedom of movement is limited. well, we've been told that we cannot film inside the rooms, but the girls here have told me that their room is overcrowded. they sleep on hospital bed. it is overteated, too many mosquitoes. there is a flood, and the stench keeps them awake at night. >> human rights organizations are helping the women apply for asylum. but if they are freed they say they risk going from prison to slavery. >> we're trying to ascertain whether they have been processed for purposes of sex yum exploitatio exploit--sexual exploitations. a large number of nigerian women are trafficked into prostitution. in the absence of proper protection, these women may be revictimmized. either by those in italy who
trafficked them or by those in nigeria wh that forced them to leave the country. >> in the meantime these women will continue to wait anxiously and impatiently for a better future they risked their lives for. al jazeera. rome. >> well, rebels in the army in south sudan are accusing each other of a cease-fire just hours after it came into effect. the rebellion has caused thousands killed and millions displaced from their homes. machar signed the agreement nine days earlier.
anna, the fighting that has broken out in south sudan, we'll talk about what this means in the peace deal in a moment. but first we understand that the reports are that the fight something now expanding. >> yes, that's right. it's difficult to get an accurate picture at the moment of who was th the aggressor and exactly where the fighting has been happening. but i understand there has been activity in unity states, the nile state and goglie state. now each side is accusing the other of beginning this fight, as you said. but the problem that we have at the moment is that there is very little in the way of monitoring in these places. as each side counter accuses the other, we have no way of knowing which side is telling the truth. the situation is further complicated by the fact that the forces loyal to reik machar have separated from him.
we can't say that these opposition forces belong to reik machar, who signed these peace deals, or if they're acting under their own agendas. >> is there a way to find out if this is the end of the peace deal or not? >> well, as of yet i have not heard either side comment. the government said that they're still committed to the peace deal, but where they are attacked they will defend themselves. they say they'll maintain this peace deal in good faith, but it is hard to see how that could possibly be the case. >> anna, thank you very much for that update from juba. well, there is much more to come on the al jazeera news hour including the fighting in yemen. hospitals are struggling to cope with the scars of war. plus, targeting japan's military law, many stand outside of
parliament to voice their disapproval of the changes. we'll find out more about the athletic can championships in beijing, all that coming up in sports. >> but first egypt has summoned britain's ambassador in cairo over his criticism of the retrial of three al jazeera journalists. mohamed fahmy, baher mohammed and perimeter perimeter were sentenced to at least three years in prison. they were accused of spreading false news, something that al jazeera denies. crossing over to london and speaking with ion black, ion, editor of the garden newspaper. thank you for being with us, i ian. the spokesperson said this, egypt rejects any foreign criticism of judicial verdicts
consider unacceptable intrusion in rulings of the egyptian judiciary. how unlikely is this to cause diplomatic tensions between egypt and the u.k.? >> well, i think that the public statements speak for themselves. the british government felt that it had to say something, and the egyptian government wanted to reject that. the public statements are the flow, whether there is any consequences to that, i'm not sure. this is the stuff that diplomacy is saying something publicly in order to attract attention and make your point, but the fact is britain and most of the other western countries have now returned to pretty much business as usual with the egyptian government two years after the overthrow of president morsecy. at the same time other governments, the americans, the
canadians, the european union representing many governments express their condemnation of the latest episode of the al jazeera trial. now whether you think that is hypocrisy or just the world of international politics, that's the way it is. >> how much pressure do you think that the u.k. is actually willing to put on egypt when it comes to our al jazeera journalists as well as press freedom as a whole? >> well, i think the language is quite interesting. the statement made by the british ambassador talks about egypt long-term stability. it talks about the economy on a shaky foundation on. the point he's trying to make is if you want egypt to be open for business as the egypt government very much does, and to be a respective member of the international community, then they have to meet the norms. do the protests make any difference?
well, it's hard to see that they do, nevertheless when important governments make these kinds of statements and get the inevitable irritable response from the recipient government, it does attract attention. and perhaps people who think about in britain or america or canada or france think about investment in egypt, and they think about the rule of law will draw a conclusion that is not to the benefit of that new vision of egypt. >> let me just ask you this, because it was announced earlier in june, in fact, the u.k. withhelwill hold bilateral meetings with presidential el-sisi later this year. what message does that send out? >> i think it's not a message which will pass unchallenged. just a couple of weeks ago the guardian, my own news organization, we reported on the
idea that senior egyptian officials below came to the u.k. could face arrest on war crimes charges. clearly the degree of politics statement like that, if there is a legal basis for it, that would come just before the second anniversary of the killings, so i don't think that egypt can imagine that it is entirely business as usual. there are political interests at work, but there are legal pressures, too, and broader international humanitarian human rights issues on the table. so for example, if this al jazeera case was not resolv ed safresolve satisfactorily, and it wasn't, then the visit by el-sisi to london would be controversial. there would be outcry and protest against that in the media and elsewhere.
>> all right, ian, thank you for speaking to us from london. >> well, al jazeera correspondent peter greste has called for the egyptian president to undo injustice and pardon him as well as his two colleagues. he held a press conference in australia hours after being convicted. greste was retried in abstentia after being deported in february. he said that the retrial was politically motivated. >> there was never any evidence that the court presented that the prosecutor presented either in the first trial or in the second to confirm any of the allegations against us. and in fact, i would like to publicly challenge the prosecu prosecutor to present evidence of anything that we produced that was falsified. >> peter greste has just finished his press conference to the australian media, to a big crowd of journalists there. i'm pleased to say that peter joins me now. peter there, is still a lot of interest in this, that's a
positive sign. >> it's a positive sign in that we need to keep public awareness about our case and it's gross injustice. i'm not certainly convinced one of the main reasons why i'm here today, one of the reasons i'm deported was because we had so much public support because so many people around the world were aware of the injustice in our original trial, and made it almost impossible for the egyptian government to continue to hold me there. we need to make sure that that noise doesn't die away, and so the media attention that we've been getting is absolutely vital. we need to keep it going. >> where does the campaign go from here? what are the elements of it? >> there is a legal aspect to this. we're going to be looking at every possible option for an appeal. we're also going to be looking to president sisi to issue a pardon. he said several times before that he would pardon us if we were ever convicted. now the whole world's attention has been focused on this
particular trial to see just how committed egypt is to those very fundamental processes of rule of law, due process, freedom of the press. we've seen a gross miscarriage of justice in these convictions. and now president sisi has an opportunity to correct that and make it clear that egypt still respects those principles. we're going to be looking at diplomatic and political support. we've been speaking with julie bishop, who has been personally involved. she said that we'll use every diplomatic means available to her to try to get this conviction overturned. we've been speaking to other people in the white house, and with the british government and within the european union, everyone we can, in fact, to remind egypt that the world really does care about this case and what it stands for. and of course we'll look to continue a powerful social media campaign. >> peter, thank you very much. peter's chief concern is for his two colleagues, my two
colleagues, our two colleagues back in bris now in cairo. >> our two colleagues, mohamed fahmy, baher mohammed, have spent their first nights behind bars. baher mohammed was given an extra six months for possession of a spent cartridge he picked up at a rally. israeli soldiers have use tear gas against demonstrators in the occupied west bank. they've been protesting against a barrier that separates a catholic monastery from a convent. despite the ruling the construction resumed earlier in august. government ogunmen on a motorbike have shot dead the director of operations. he was killed while leaving his home. forces loyal to exiled president
abd rabbuh mansur hadi has taken over that region. >> the crisis has overwhelmed yemen's fragile healthcare system and pushed doctors to the limits of the care they can provide. abdul sala was injured during fighting. he lost his leg and needs advanced care which is unavailable here. >> there is still shrapnel in my body. we hope that the government can help us in this situation, we hope to remove the shrapnel and help with the leg. >> relative calm has returned to aden. fighters loyal to president
absent absent pushed out houthi rebels last month, but people here in the city say that the healthcare needs help. many hospitals are closed. those that are opened are operating at capacity. >> there is some improvement for providing medications. but the big problem now is the wounded. >> humanitarian organizations including doctors without borders are stepping in to fill the void. in aden and across the country. yet the security situation continues to hamper their ability to treat those in need. >> as a city aden has lost its smile. but the people of aden are holding on to the hope that the smile will come back and they'll improve the situation. >> ending the war may alleviate the healthcare crisis, but doctors without borders say soaring unemployment and poverty will continue to be obstacle
it's for yemenis who need medical attention. and for patients all they can do is wait and hope. >> in japan tens of thousands of people have taken to the streets of tokyo. they're opposing controversial new legislation if passed into law it would allow japanese troops to fight overseas, and that's for the first time since world war ii. >> under its institution japan is barred from using force to resolve conflicts except to defend itself. these protesters outside of japan's parliament want it to stay that way. way. >> 70 years ago so many people lost their loved ones and went through such hardships. they want to leave their legacy of the lessons of the future. that's pas our pacifist constitution. but that's being violated now. >> demonstrations have been taking place across the country. they're led by students and other young people who say they
want to protect japan's pacifist constitution. this man has been on hunger strike for 70 hours. >> i want japan to insist on peace and an nation that promote peace and sets an example for the rest of the world. >> 75-year-old survived u.s. air raids on japan during the second world war. he said the experience compelled him to join the protesters. >> i came because i must convey the horrors of the war. this legislation will lead us to war again. >> prime minister shinzo abe said that the changes are necessary to protect japan. opinion polls shows that the majority of japanese are opposed to the legislation but they've been passed by the lower house. it's expected to be endorsed by the upper chambers despite protesters' attempt to stop it. >> stay with us on the
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movers and shakers. >> we will be able to see change. >> gripping. inspiring. entertaining. talk to al jazeera. >> here on the al jazeera news hour. the malaysian prime minister n ajib raz ak called the demonstrations unpatriotic. rebels and the army of south sudan accuse each other of violating the cease-fire just hours after it went into effect. >> egypt summoning britain's ambassador. they said that egypt should be built on the freedom of
expression. the refugee crisis is the worst that europe has seen since world war ii. the united nations said that 300,000 people have crossed the mediterranean this year. they're trying to get to the e.u. many have made it to greece. the number of arrivals growing, the government there is struggling to cope. >> these afghan children are having a little of their childhood restored to them. the red cross has set up this tent for games inside of a government-sponsored camp. here they have food and 24 hour medical care. much has been taken from them in war and exile. thi he was born in exile they left afghanistan because his family feared for their lives. >> in afghanistan there were people who would kill our people.
i'm going to a place that. >> --morthis facility is an improvement on the tent city that has sprung up in the largest urban park. local residents fear a threat of health and safety. >> some afghans who were in camp here are now gone. the new facility attempts to strike a balance under that policy they agreed to be deported. that left greece exposed under european law. in march the left wing
government shut down the camp and remained it's inmates but the closure is controversial, and five other camps remain. it is the same across europe, iatrology to combine law and order with humanity. in greece the arrivals keep coming. the government has chartered this stress toll bring them from the island to turkey. they took euphoria when they took their first steps on continental europe, sending pictures home of their safe arrival. >> my family has lost ten men, women or children because of the islamic state. there was nothing to eat. if you find food it is expensive and only for the rich. >> the sudden freedom is overwhelming. some families unsure of where to go. some get on buses. some head to the athens metro. on this long journey this is a respite of which they speak only a little comfort and humanity. al jazeera, athens.
>> presidential hopeful said that he would track foreign visitors like parcels if he was voted into office. new jersey governor chris christie launched his bid for president in june. he said he would hire the founder of the global courier service fedex to device a tracking system. >> at any moment they could tell you where that package is, it's on the track. it's at the station, it's on the airplane, it's back at another station, it's back at the truck, it's at the door step. she just signed for it. yet we let people come to this country with visas, and the minute they come in we lose track of them. we need to have a system that tracks you from the moment you come in and then when your time is up whether it's three months, six months, nine months however long your visa is, we come and tap you on the shoulder and say excuse me. it's time for you to go.
in chicago there are protests against what come are calling an epidemic of police violence. john hedron was at that protest. >> on chicago's most storied streets. the demonstrators condemn death. the state of recent deaths of young black men in police custody have focus been focused on places like baltimore and ferguson, missouri. but here in chicago the police abuse and unjustified killings have gone on for decades. they protest the treatment of blacks and the poor by chicago police. >> you don't see many if any
people of certain higher tax brackets being beaten or harassed by police. you see that fo for african-americans. >> the police set aside a $5.5 million re reparation fund for victims. former police chief burge was sent to prison for overseeing torture, shocks and beatings. >> all did i was listen. i just stopped and listened to the victims of police torture, and it is literally joy ray justice. i don't know how anyone can hear that and not doing whatever they can to get involved. >> these people say they want a new civilian ove sight oversight board.
>> they have literally done nothing. they have not held police accountable. they've become a cover-up committee for the police department. when owhenever they mess up and whenever something goes wrong i'm talking serious stuff lick murder and whatnot, these guys never get prosecuted. they never get brought to justice. >> the city's police union said that the demonstrators have a right to protest, but t pro and to to address their complaints. >> sunday marks international day of the disappeared. it brings attention to people who have been imprisoned without their loved one's knowledge. campaigning on at least 100 known cases of forcedties appearance around the world. and from syria to machines, to sri lanka to began dee i can't, they may be holding hundreds if not thousands in secret detention. the such detention is a crime
under international law. the convention was signed in 2010. 94 states have now signed up and 44 have ratified that treaty. well, mexico is admitting 26,000 people have disappeared there between 2006 and 2013. many of them were caught in the cross fire of the struggle between the government and drug cartels. >> 11 days ago, juana rushed out of the house to see her brother-in-law tumbled in a police car with the license plate blacked out. >> the government is meant to protect us, but they do this instead. how is it possible that they could kidnap an innocent person. >> benito loved to sketch and
tattoo. he's now one of more than 5,000 people abducted, more than anywhere else in mexico. not just the cartels but the armed forces snatch people here. >> maybe the kidnappings have gone down, but the police and armed forces like the army and the navy have filled the gap of kidnapping more people. >> taking on benito's case in the only civil rights center in the state. even he has been surrounded here. government forces and the cartel's fight over the state that has been a major point for drug smugglers and those headed
to the border. >> just leaving here makes me scared. i could be kidnapped again. ever week the gangs hang around waiting to see if you come out. >> many van from the roads. their bodies never found. >> this is juana's first protest outside of the local government offices here. the mexican authorities have never shown much interest in searching for the 26,000 disappeared. 99% of the cases go unresolved. >> just getting used to what thousands have had to face up to, searching for her missing relative without official help. al jazeera, mexico. >> well, venezuela has september more troops to its border with colombia and closed more crossings.
venezuela's president blames attacks on paramilitary troops from colombia. peace is returning to some communities in northern nigeria after thousands of people were forced out by cattle thieves. we have reports of how they're rebuilding their lives. >> for the first time in three years, they work on the farm. like many villages around the northwest he's returning home after being forced out by thieves. for them tilling the lan was impossible until a few months ago. >> we suffered and fled several times but then decided not to run. we can't run forever. we're still afraid, but where else can we go. >> hundreds have been killed across the region.
communities are just begin to go rebuild. >> this is common now. my people are coming back. for months it was a tough decision to return. we're trying to get back on our feet, but it's not easy. >> there are a few trying to raise cattle again 73 these communities are less than two dill meters away from--now like many areas, peace has returned. animals constitutionallen from here are taken hundreds of kilometers away to be sold. what many don't understand is how the animals are sold without anyone getting caught. the government assures those who have returned that they are
serious. >> security for the community there. >> that has come too late for some. this village was raided by robbers two years ago, and many are not coming back to these walls. >> al jazeera, northwest nigeria. >> thousands of families in nepal are taking part of a festival to remember their loved one who passed on this last year. we have reports from the kathmandu valley. >> it's noisy and often rowdy. but this is a way that people in kathmandu valley come to terms
with death. it's roughly translated as the festival of the cow. families who had family members pass away this year, this how they remember them. for the city the festival is especially important this year. year. many people died during the earthquake. >> not a day goes by that i don't cry. my father and my son. but there are so many people out there who have also lost their loved ones. it brings a sense of peace. >> that's pre-saysl precisely what this festival is for. when his infant son died, this shows that they're not alone.
and they encourage the family members to come and parade around the city. >> in the old days this was a way for the kings to conduct a census, and over the years the day has developed into a day of free speech. >> people use the dead against the new rulers. that it was part of their culture. this day became a day as well. >> but for those who are here humaner is just a side show drowning their grief in the noises, in the songs and dances most hope that they can finally cope with their loss. al jazeera, nepal. >> still ahead on al jazeera, putting their lives on the line. a first-hand look at some of the
>> cutting the ribbon to a future free of landmines. now villagers are able to walk to the top of this hill again. >> i'm very happy that we can go back to work and walk freely. until now we were afraid to just get close to the mountain. >> colombians paramilitaries buried landmines during fighting in the last decade. after many months of work, the area has been cleared of the hidden threat by locals trained and hired to do the job. 150 people used to live in this region when the fighting started. each one of the families living here have been displaced by the violence. their houses burned to the ground and the area spiked with mines to ensure that they could not come back.
this man an his son has recently return. they said they were forced to flee after being held captive by paramilitary who threatened to kill them. >> being back is a triumph. when we were displaced i often thought that our land was lost forever. but we're starting from zero again but the land makes us feel secure. >> colombia continues to have the second highest rate of landmine incidents in the world second to afghanistan. locating them here has unique complications. >> there are no densely laid mind fields. the minefields are sparsely laid, there are just a handful of mines in that minefield, and there is no pattern to that either. >> now that it has been removed from the area, the local government is helping the first
14 families move back. nine new houses have been built along with the school. new farming programs are being started. it's a small success in what will be a very long and arduous fight trying to rid the country of one of the most sinister scars in its half century conflict. al jazeera, colombia. >> now it's time for the sports news. >> thank you very much. kenya has finished top of the table at the world's athletic championships there were two thrilling relays. >> the 15th world athletics championship closed with the men's 4 x 4-meter relay. jamaica has been overtaken by the u.s. in the men's race but it was the opposite in the
women's relay. mills to give the jamaicans the 4 x 400 meters. canada got a second gold a in the men's high jump. it was a good final day for ethiopia. the first person from the african country to win the women's marathon. it was a podium sweep for ethiopia in the women's 5,000 meters. winning with a championship record time of 14:26.83. it meant 1500 meters champion missed out on an unprecedented double. she had to settle for bronze. kenya and the championships top of the medal's table, retaining the men's 1500-meter title to
give the country it's seventh gold. they finished ahead of jamaica and the united states. >> in english premiere league leaders confirmed the signing of belgium international kevin deblbuena. he signed for $75 million. last season he was named bundesliga player of the year scoring ten goals and making 21 assists. this will be his second stint in the premiere league having been sold by chelsea last year for $25 million. manchester united are in action in the english premier league league. they're taking on swan is he. a win for the team will move them into second in the table. earlier on southampton beat nor wisnorwich. mark marquez fell on the 15th lap in hopes of retaining the title all but vanishing.
they have a 12-point lead over jorge lorenzo over the top of the standings. called out six weeks after he broke his leg against argentina. he traveled to fiji to be treated by a traditional healer. >> the awards, he's a try-scoring machine. he brings something to say that he was in the group, if he wasn't injured i think we all would be putting him in the team right away any way. >> the u.s. open begins on monday, and the first day we'll
caesar rein i can't williams get her campaign under way for a sweep of all four slams this year. she'll be the first person to claim the grand slam since 1988 when steffi graff did it. the world number one is looking forward to the challenge. >> it feels good to be here. i love it here. it's a place where you just--every player dreams of playing every year. >> a belgium cyclist is in a coma after crashing on the eighth stage of the spanish vuelta. he was one of several riders to crash with 50 kilometers left in the stage. he has severe facial trauma with several fractures. he's being kept in a reduced coma. the man in his early 60s fell from the upper deck to the lower seats. it happened during the seventh inning as the new york yankees
beat the braves 3-1 on saturday. the man was pronounced dead later in hospital. >> it happened to my left. and he just came down like a thud on to the concrete steps. i'm a vascular surgeon, so i ran over there. the people were sort of in shock. he looked like he had serious injuries there. i started to do chest compressions and cpr. >> getting in strong position india has gotten themselves in a little bit of trouble. after dismissing sri lanka of 201, and building a lead of 111, they closed on 221 for three, nonetheless the winner of the match takes the series. horse racing now in american pharaoh lost in a stunning upset of the saratoga racecourse in new york. the triple crown winner was
taken over by keen ice. it was only the second career win for keen ice. there is much more sport on our website. for all the latest check out www.aljazeera.com/sport. we've got blogs and video clips from force content contents--correspondent from around the world. >> thank you for that update. we'll go to the philippines and tell you about the film industry there. for many years it was dominated by big budget studio productions, but that is all changing as we have reports from manila. >> these first-time filmmakers are creating what they call a small film on a very tight budget. but it features one of the country's more popular young actresses, and this could be the next runaway smash at the box
office, a feat unheard of just a few years ago. >> now its easier because one, the technology is there. even with the simple cell phone camera we could tell a story. two, people have recognized it. >> digital technology and social media have led to an industry watchers call the democratization of cinema. more people can tell their stories with less money in more ways. it has revitalized the film industry, and put people who are tired of big studio films back into cinema seats. >> this is an independent film festival. it started out with small projects with selected audience now the long awaited event in the philippines. >> many celebrities are taking
pay cuts just to be involved in indie projects. big studios are taking an interest. >> to reshape the way mainstream looks at its own products. >> last november an independent film that nearly wasn't completed broke records earning as much as $2 million u.s. in less than two weeks. >> we as filmmakers want to get our story out there. some of those stories will break the box office, and they're calling it main-die. a mix of main street sensibilities and independent filmmaking. al jazeera, manila. >> we hand you over to our studios over in london. they'll have a full bulletin of news coming your way. stay with al jazeera.