Directed by: Michael Collins Producer: Marty Syjuco Production company: Thoughtful Robot Productions Cinematography: Joshua Weinstein, Michael Collins Editing: Eric Daniel Metzgar Music: Adam Crystal
Format: video Running time: 95'
Synopsis In 1997, 19-year-old culinary student Paco Larrañaga was arrested for the kidnap, rape, and murder of two sisters on the provincial island of Cebu in the Philippines. Despite demonstrable evidence of his innocence, including 40 eye-witnesses and photographs placing him hundreds of miles from the scene, Paco's legal ordeal was only just beginning. Dubbed the Philippines' ‘trial of the century,’ Paco's ordeal became a galvanizing focal point in a far-reaching exposé of gross miscarriage of justice at the highest levels. Following the case and its aftermath for more than a decade, the filmmakers trace Paco's story from the ethnic and class tensions at its roots, through a distracting thread of tabloid sensationalism, and ultimately to appeals and interventions from foreign governments and NGOs as the injustice of Paco's situation becomes ever more stark and undeniable. At once a murder mystery, a courtroom drama, and a stunning indictment of national corruption, 'Give Up Tomorrow' is an engrossing, enraging true crime chronicle.
Awards and Festivals Tribeca Film Festival 2011 - Heineken Audience Award, Special Jury Prize for Best New Director
Sheffield International Documentary Festival 2011 - Audience Award
Hot Docs 2011
Directors Biography Michael Collins is the founder of Thoughtful Robot, a New York City-based production company committed to telling compelling social justice stories that galvanize change. In 2005 he directed 'Caught in an Injustice', a documentary that received Special Mention of the Jury at the 15th International TV3/Actual Awards. In 2006 he completed short film 'Life is a Celebration', in 2010 another short film followed 'Gerthy’s Roots'. 'Give Up Tomorrow' marks his directorial feature film debut.
Location and screening schedule: EUROPA CINEMA, Monday, October 17th at 9.00 TUŠKANAC CINEMA, Monday, October 17th at 21.00 DOCUCINEMA CROATIA, Tuesday, October 18th at 21.00 TUŠKANAC CINEMA, Sunday, October 23rd at 19.00