4th DMZ Docs(2012)
I AM DOCU
As a tropical storm beats down on an island in the Philippines, two sisters leave work and never make it home. Paco Larrañaga, a 19-year-old student, is sentenced to death for their rape and murder, despite overwhelming evidence of his innocence. Give Up Tomorrow is a ﬁlm to exposes shocking corruption within the judicial system of the Philippines and about one of the most sensational trials in the country’s history. Reﬂecting schisms of race, class, and political power at the core of the Philippines’ tumultuous democracy, clashing families, institutions, and individuals face off to convict or free Paco. Rather than simply building an evidentiary case about an individual injustice, the ﬁlm discloses the roots of this miscarriage to reveal the interconnected complexities that permeate Filipino culture. This ﬁlm 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. Paco was due to be classed as a third-grade prisoner and released on parole, but remains incarcerated there still. The parole board requires him to admit his guilt. So far, he has refused.
Michael is the founder of Thoughtful Robot, a New York City-based production company committed to telling compelling social justice stories that galvanize change. In 2006, he completed Life is a Celebration - a short film that followed a group of New Yorkers traveling to India to attend the world’ s largest spiritual gathering. In 2010 Michael’s short ﬁlm Gerthy’s Roots, shot on location in Haiti, about a community driven reforestation initiative, was granted the Mandela Day Tribeca All Access Award. Give Up Tomorrow (2011) Gerthy’s Roots (2010) Life is a Celebration (2006) Caught in an Injustice (2005)
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