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Give Up Tomorrow

World Documentary Competition

International Premiere

USA, U.K. | 90 MINUTES | English, Spanish, Tagalog |


Crime, Documentary
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.


Congratulations to Give Up Tomorrow, which was named the winner of the 2011 Heineken Audience Award! As a result, the film will have two additional screenings on Sunday, May 1. Learn more!

Read more: Give Up Tomorrow Wins Heineken Audience Award!

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Directed by Michael Collins and Michael Collins

MICHAEL COLLINS is the founder of Thoughtful Robot, a New York production company committed to making social justice films. He directed Caught in an Injustice, which won Special Mention of the Jury at the International TV3/Actual Awards, Life Is a Celebration, and Gerthy's Roots, made possible by the Mandela Day Tribeca All Access Award.
Executive Producer
Ramona Diaz, Eric Daniel Metzgar
Eric Daniel Metzgar
Michael Collins
Adam Crystal
Creative Consultant
Jenny Golden
Marty Syjuco
Director of Photography
Joshua Weinstein, Michael Collins
Steve Bennett


Press Contact
Winston Emano
David Magdael & Associates
Los Angeles, CA 90015
Phone: 213.624.7827
Marty Syjuco
Thoughtful Robot Productions
New York, NY 10002
Phone: 917.334.6395
Technical Contact
Steve Bennett
New York, NY 10034
Phone: 917.859.2281