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95 minutes, documentary, color, English, Spanish & Tagalog w/English subtitles, 2012

A film by Michael Collins

Special Features: Update on Paco's Case • Filmmaker Interviews • Interviews with Paco's co-accused • Deleted Scenes • More

UPC: 7-20229-91526-7 | Catalog #: FRF 915267D | SRP: $24.95

Street Date: October 4

GIVE UP TOMORROW is a journalistic documentary by Michael Collins that chronicles the controversial arrest of Filipino citizen Paco Larrañaga, a 19 year old student accused of a murder that happened hundreds of miles away from him.

One night on the Philippine island of Cebu, as a tropical storm slammed the island, two sisters left work and never made it home. That same night, hundreds of miles away in Manila on a different island, Paco Larrañaga is at a party, surrounded by dozens of reliable witnesses. The missing women, Marijoy, 21,and Jacqueline Chiong, 23, are Chinese-Filipinos. Paco, accused of their rapes and murders, is a Spanish mestizo who belongs to a political clan that includes a former president.

GIVE UP TOMORROW exposes a Kafkaesque extravaganza populated by flamboyantly corrupt public officials, cops on the take, and a frenzied legal and media circus. It is also an intimate family drama focused on the near mythic struggle of two angry and sorrowful mothers who have dedicated more than a decade to executing or saving one young man.

Examining the justice system for this young man, who has already spent 14 years in prison, GIVE UP TOMORROW tells a persuasive true tale as engrossing as any thriller, that outrages and informs.

• National PBS Broadcast on Street Date

“Astounding.” - The New York Press

“Jaw-dropping.” - Orlando Weekly

“An incredible story, beautifully and persuasively told. As well-paced and engrossing as any thriller while incalculably more harrowing.” - The Guardian (London)

“An exceptional film. Prepare to be outraged.” - The Globe and Mail (Canada)

“Remarkably cogent and compelling.” - Variety

“One of the top festival experiences I have ever been a part of. A deliberately paced, edge of your seat mystery/thriller. Heroic and daring captures of moments it would seem impossible to preserve, but they pulled it off.” -

Winner of 15 Awards in Festivals Worldwide

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