Films: Give Up Tomorrow

Purchase Online

  • Tuesday, November 08, 4:00 PM
    Sie FilmCenter


    That showtime has passed. Please try next available showtime.

  • Tuesday, November 08, 9:30 PM
    Sie FilmCenter


    That showtime has passed. Please try next available showtime.

  • Wednesday, November 09, 6:45 PM
    zzStarz FilmCenter


    That showtime has passed. Please try next available showtime.

Give Up Tomorrow

Give Up Tomorrow

USA, 2011, 95 Minute Running Time
Additional Countries: United Kingdom
Genre/Subject: Documentary
Program: Documentary Films
Language: English

DIRECTOR: Michael Collins
Producer: Marty Syjuco
Editor: Eric Metzgar
Cinematographer: Joshua Weinstein
Principal Cast: 

Although his teachers and classmates could place him in Manila some 300 miles from the scene of a grisly crime in 1997, Paco Larrañaga (along with six others) was found guilty of rape and murder and remains in jail today. Ensnared in what emerges in this stunning documentary to be a nightmarishly bizarre series of developments, the former culinary student faces the camera with a matter-of-factness that belies his frustration.

Recognized by Amnesty International, Fair Trials International, the UN Human Rights Commission, and the government of Spain as a major miscarriage of justice by the Philippine legal system, the case continues to make headlines—but, after more than a decade, there has been no resolution. Though a recent campaign to move Paco to a jail in Spain (his father is a Spanish citizen) was successful, he is still incarcerated with little hope of freedom. Still, he refuses to capitulate: “If you need to give up,” he says, “give up tomorrow, but don’t give up today.”

Director Michael Collins and producer Marty Syjuco, a relative of Larrañaga's, have put together striking video footage and tabloid news coverage that let the case’s multiple discrepancies speak for themselves, including an inflammatory re-creation of the crime that was aired on national television before the trial. But the filmmakers didn’t stop there, interviewing many of the key players in the wild true-crime story—among them Paco’s family and the mother of the murdered girls—over the course of their seven-year journey in search of the truth.

The following short films will screen before this film...

  • Scars: Ben LaMarca

    Scars: Ben LaMarca

    USA , 2011 , 7 min.
    Director: Stephen Osborn In this segment of an ongoing interview project, which investigates the origins of scars, a shooting victim recalls a life-changing moment in vivid detail.... more

You might also enjoy...

  • A Bitter Taste of Freedom

    A Bitter Taste of Freedom

    Russia , 2011 , 86 min. Russian documentarian Marina Goldkovskaya pays homage to her old friend Anya Politkovskaya, the crusading Moscow journalist who told the truth about her country's dirty war in Chechnya—and paid the price for it in 2006, when she was shot to death at her apartment door.... more
  • Burma: A Human Tragedy

    Burma: A Human Tragedy

    USA , 2011 , 85 min. Ongoing yet largely ignored, the horrific genocide of ethnic minorities throughout Burma is brought under close and grisly scrutiny in this secretly filmed documentary, which also exposes the rulers who live in luxury as their people suffer.... more
  • Hell and Back Again

    Hell and Back Again

    USA , 2011 , 88 min. Embedded with the U.S. Marine Echo Company in Afghanistan, photojournalist Danfung Dennis takes us to hell and back with Sergeant Nathan Harris, who shuttles heroically between deployment and civilian life, struggling to bridge two worlds.... more
  • A People Uncounted

    A People Uncounted

    Canada , 2011 , 99 min. Aaron Yeger’s heart-wrenching documentary chronicles the genocide of the Roma people, also known as Gypsies, during the Holocaust. Although an estimated 500,000 Roma perished, their story is rarely told; A People Uncounted aims to change all that by highlighting Roma music, art, and poetry... more
  • The Pruitt-Igoe Myth: An Urban History

    The Pruitt-Igoe Myth: An Urban History

    USA , 2010 , 83 min. Friday, Sept. 21 @ 4:30pm When it was built in the 1950s, the Pruitt-Igoe housing project in St. Louis was a model example of affordable urban housing, providing an alternative to the slums and a home for low-income families in exodus from rural blight. But by 1972, the area had declined and... more
      2 3 4 5
6 7 8 9 10 11 12
13 14          

Browse Films