Cinemalaya 2012: Documentary on Paco Larrañaga and the Chiong rape-slay case to be shown again on Sunday July 29 at the CCP

26 Jul

Give Up Tomorrow, a documentary by Filipino producer Marty Syjuco and American director Michael Collins, was shown last July 22 at the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) as part of the Cinemalaya line-up. A second screening will be held on Sunday July 29 at the same venue at 3:30 PM.

The controversial documentary tells the story of Francisco Juan “Paco” Larrañaga  who was convicted for the rape and murder of the Chiong sisters in 1997.  The highly celebrated case was dubbed “Cebu’s trial of the century” by the Supreme Court.  Paco Larrañaga is a great-grandson of of the late Philippine President Sergio Osmeña.   The documentary is about how justice was apparently denied to Paco as many of his witnesses and supporting evidence were allegedly ignored in the trial that resulted to his conviction.

Marty Syjuco, the producer, is a distant relative of the accused who is now in a Spanish jail serving his sentence. The documentary has been shown in different film festivals worldwide and  it won the Audience Choice Award and a special jury mention in the world documentary competition of the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival.




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