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2011 Tribeca Film Festival Audience Award: Documentary GIVE UP TOMORROW

Give Up Tomorrow Film Michael CollinsMichael Collins’ ’Give Up Tomorrow’: Documentary exposing The Phillippines’ dysfunctional justice system wins 2011 Tribeca Film Festival’s Audience Award

Newcomer Michael Collins’ documentary Give Up Tomorrow, about a gross — and apparently willful — miscarriage of justice in The Philippines, was named the winner of the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival’s Audience Award earlier this evening at the festival’s wrap-up party at Eye Beam in New York City. Collins will receive a cash prize of $25,000. Additionally, Give Up Tomorrow received a Special Jury Mention in Tribeca’s World Documentary Competition. (Full list of 2011 Tribeca Film Festival winners.) (Photo: Michael Collins’ Give Up Tomorrow.)

As found on the Tribeca Film Festival website, Give Up Tomorrow depicts the plight of culinary student Paco Larrañaga. In 1997, at age 19, Larrañaga was arrested for the kidnapping, rape, and murder of two sisters on the Philippines’ island of Cebu. "Despite demonstrable evidence of his innocence," the film’s synopsis explains, "including 40 eyewitnesses and photographs placing him hundreds of miles from the scene, Paco’s legal ordeal was only just beginning."

Upcoming screenings of ’Give Up Tomorrow’ and other Tribeca 2011 winners

Give Up Tomorrow will be screened on Sunday, May 1 (Labor Day in most of the world, but not in the United States), at 12 noon and 9 p.m. at Clearview Cinemas Chelsea. Also screening that day will be other 2011 Tribeca Film Festival award winners. Among those are Lisa Aschan’s She Monkeys; Alma Har’el’s Bombay Beach; David Leon and Marcus McSweeney’s short film Man and Boy; Journals of Musan, winner of the Best New Narrative Director Award for Park Jungbum; Turn Me On, Goddammit, winner of the Best Screenplay Award for Jannicke Systad Jabobsen; Paula van der Oest’s Black Butterflies, which earned Carice van Houten the Best Actress Award; and Kivu Ruhorahoza’s Grey Matter, starring Best Actor winner Ramadhan ‘Shami’ Bizimana.

Specific times for the screenings of the other films are available on the Tribeca Film Festival’s website.

Michael Collins’ Give Up Tomorrow movie photo: Tribeca Film Festival.

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