Give up Tomorrow

Give up Tomorrow

Downloadable Video - 2012
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As a tropical storm beats down on 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 Larraąga, 19, is at a party, surrounded by dozens of reliable witnesses. The missing women, Marijoy, 21, and Jacqueline Chiong, 23, are pretty and innocent Chinese-Filipinos, a group that has formed a traditional underclass. Paco, accused of their rapes and murders, is part of a prominent mestizo political clan that includes a former president. Beefy and tough, with a past of petty offenses, he neatly fits the role of privileged thug - and that is how he is cast by a frenzied media circus that swarms his arrest and trial, and cheers his eventual sentence to death by lethal injection. 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. Their irreconcilable versions of reality and justice play out in a case that ends a country's use of capital punishment, yet fails to free an innocent man. In a way that is both specific to the Philippines and disquietingly universal, the film exposes a Kafkaesque extravaganza populated by flamboyantly corrupt public officials, drug dealers, cops on the take, and journalists in thrall to and in lonely stance against, 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.
Publisher: [United States] : First Run Features : Made available through hoopla, 2012
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 video file (ca. 95 min.)) : sd., col
Alternative Title: POV (Television program)

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Apr 11, 2017

This is a 95-minute documentary directed by Michael Collins in 2011.
The film explores the Chiong murder case---a rape-murder case in the Philippines.
On July 16, 1997 in Cebu, sisters Marijoy and Jacqueline Chiong allegedly were kidnapped, raped, and murdered.
Francisco Juan "Paco" Larrañaga, a man of dual Filipino and Spanish citizenship was, along with six others, convicted of murder, and sentenced to death by lethal injection on February 3, 2004.
It also depicts badly corrupt cops and judges.
Meanwhile, in 2001, the corrupt president Joseph Estrada was replaced by Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, who abolished capital punishment.
It is a really incredible story---stranger than a fiction.

btmslt Mar 28, 2013

A very sad film.

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