Competition Documentary Features
Give Up Tomorrow
DIRECTED BY MICHAEL COLLINS
USA, 2011, 95 MIN
IN ENGLISH, SPANISH, CEBUANO, AND TAGALOG WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES
In the opening minutes of GIVE UP TOMORROW, Paco Larrañaga, sitting on death row in a prison in the Philippines, says, “I was not given a fair fight. I was not given the chance to defend myself.” Such declarations are not uncommon for inmates facing lethal injection, but Paco’s arrest and trial was a media circus reflecting schisms of race, class, and political power in a Philippine legal system marred by corruption. Paco’s life was forever changed on July 16, 1997, when sisters Marijoy and Jacqueline Chiong went missing after leaving their work. The sisters were purportedly kidnapped, raped, and murdered. Only one sister’s remains were found in a ravine. Despite overwhelming evidence and testimony proving their innocence, Paco and six other young men were convicted of the crime. Winner of the Audience Award for Best Documentary at the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival, GIVE UP TOMORROW is the gripping result of over a decade of filming, on three continents and four countries, a Kafkaesque trial and conviction where justice was abandoned.
Michael Collins (Give Up Tomorrow) is the founder of Thoughtful Robot, a production company in NYC committed to crafting compelling social justice films that galvanize change. His first feature Give Up Tomorrow, seven years in the making, premiered at Tribeca 2011 and won the Audience Award and Special Jury Prize for Best New Director.
DIRECTED BY MIKE RAUCH AND TIM RAUCH
USA, 2011, 4 MIN
Feisty Kay Wang agrees to visit the StoryCorps booth and reluctantly answers questions from her son and granddaughter about the life, love, and work.