RCP Productions’ Memoirs of a Teenage Rebel Premieres: NPA As Seen in the Eyes of a Former Rebel

The documentary has given an encompassing perspective and insights with regards to the inner workings of NPA and how the organization affects people from different walks of life.

Last December 5, RCP Productions premiered the documentary “Memoirs of the Teenage Rebel.” The documentary revealed the inner workings of the New People’s Army (NPA) as told by a former NPA-member named Ivy.

The production followed the experiences of Ivy as she relived her dark past as a former rebel -- from her recruitment to the NPA, to her rise as one of NPA’s leaders, to her heightened exposure to atrocious practices within the organization.

Ivy shared her story on a recruitment mission that made her befriend and recruit a student named Ira. Upon the recruitment, Ira was raped multiple times and the revelation of which has disheartened Ivy. Ivy and Ira slowly lose belief to the NPA that was aggravated by them seeing the rampant corruption within the organization.

The ultimate realization dawned to Ivy when the organization gave them the mission to ambush a military officer. However, the mission that was considered easy turned into a bloody battle that saw Ira dying in Ivy’s arm. This mission finally awakened Ivy that she was fighting the wrong war all along.

The documentary also highlighted several aspects of the inner workings of the NPA as shared by the individuals who had first-hand experiences, as validated by top generals of the Armed Forces of the Philippines. It shed light on the means to which the NPA has been financed via extortion and exploitation. The production also brought focus on the recruitment methods used by the NPA to entice the vulnerable sectors.

Furthermore, the documentary also paved way for the voices of victims and potential vulnerable targets of NPA. It covered the perspectives from the tribal leaders who were inflicted with fear due to rebel oppression; the former rebels who were given a chance to a new life; the former recruiter who was sexually abused during her time in the organization; and, to the mother who did not lose hope as she searched for her teenage daughter who was assumed to have joined the rebellion. It also brought emphasis on the importance of family bonding to avoid being lured into the organization.

Overall, the documentary has given an encompassing perspective and insights with regards to the inner workings of NPA and how the organization affects people from different walks of life. As such, let not Ivy’s message to the youth ever be forgotten: “Do not follow the same path she and Ira took.”

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