Controversial Philippine documentary screens in SF International Asian American Film Festival 2012

Award-winning documentary Give Up Tomorrow finally comes to the Bay Area via the SF International Asian American Film Fest.  A film about Filipino-Spanish prisoner Paco Larrañaga, Give Up Tomorrow reveals the extraordinary judicial violations that resulted in Paco’s death sentence.  A story that is intensely personal yet has far-reaching global reverberations, Paco’s case was championed by the United Nations and international human rights groups, with the Spanish government and monarchy playing a crucial, life-saving role.  The international efforts eventually led to the abolishment of capital punishment in the Philippines, saving hundreds of inmates whose possible innocence may have been disregarded by flawed judicial and social systems.

Give Up Tomorrow bagged the Audience Award in both Sheffield Doc/Fest, UK and Tribeca Film Festival in New York in 2011, as well as the Jury Award for Best Activism at Michael Moore’s Traverse City Film Festival.  It was also chosen as the centerpiece film that launched the discussion between members of the International Commission Against the Death Penalty in Geneva, Switzerland on Oct. 11, 2011, with view to unify efforts to abolish the death penalty worldwide.  You can find our movie trailer here.

Playing in competition, the SFIAAFF premieres Give Up Tomorrow on Saturday, March 10, 5:30 PM at the Kabuki Theater in San Francisco.  There will be a post-screening Q&A and reception immediately after.  There will also be two other screenings in Berkeley and San Jose respectively.   Detailed festival and ticket info is available at:

If you’re in the area, don’t forget to join in one of the screenings, and help spread the word.  The film does a great job of sparking dialogue and discussion among the people who see it.   Below are some Press the film’s received.
The Guardian
Imagine Peace
Hollywood Reporter
NY Times

(Salamat, Carmen L. Vicencio)

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