Program Detail

Give Up Tomorrow

Michael Collins / USA / 2011 / 95 min / English, Spanish, Filipino with English subtitles / Color / HDCAM* / San Francisco Premiere


On a summer night in 1997, two young sisters went missing on Cebu. The next day a female body turned up at the bottom of a ravine, showing evidence of sexual assault but barely recognizable as one of the sisters—some say it didn’t even match her description, but no precise forensic photos were ever taken. The other sister was never found. Burly teenager Paco Larrañaga, a Cebu native taking midterm exams at a Manila culinary school, and six other young men were arrested for the kidnapping, rape, and murder of the two sisters. Following the Larrañaga family’s years-long struggle to clear Paco, Give Up Tomorrow is a harrowing and incredible journey through the Philippines criminal justice system. Although dozens of witnesses signed affidavits stating they were with Paco in Manila during the time of the crime in Cebu—hundreds of miles away—police chose not to interview a single one. The popular media went wild, casting suspicion on Paco (the scion of a wealthy political family) as the leader of a criminal gang, while portraying the victims’ parents as saints despite their own underworld ties. In the tradition of documentaries like The Thin Blue Line and Presumed Guilty comes an Asian counterpart, as gripping as the best of crime fiction—yet all true.

-Frako Loden

Attending guests (3/10): Director Marty Syjuco, Producer Michael Collins
Co-presenters: West Bay Multi-Service Center (3/10), Asian Prisoner Support Committee (3/17)


  • Director: Michael Collins
  • Executive Producer: Ramona Diaz, Eric Daniel Metzgar
  • Producer: Marty Syjuco
  • Cinematographer: Joshua Weinstein
  • Writer: Michael Collins
  • Editor: Eric Daniel Metzgar


March 10, 2012 5:30 pm
Sundance Kabuki Cinemas
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March 17, 2012 6:00 pm
Pacific Film Archive Theater
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March 18, 2012 3:00 pm
Camera 3 Cinemas
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