|Give Up Tomorrow
A film by Michael Collins
95 minutes, documentary, color, 2012
As a tropical storm slams the Philippine island of Cebu, two sisters leave work and never make it home. That same night, hundreds of miles away in Manila on a different island, Paco Larraņaga, 19, 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.
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"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." - Examiner.com
● Update on Paco's Case