The documentary “Give up Tomorrow” has won the Heineken Audience Award at the Tribeca Film Festival. The award was announced tonight in New York.
Helmer Michael Collins’ depiction of cronyism and corruption in the Phillipine justice system has been a fest favorite, receiving standing ovations at packed screenings. The film also received a Special Jury Mention at the festival’s international documentary competition earlier this year.
Docu tells the story of Paco Larranaga, a 19-year-old culinary student who, despite overwhelming exculpatory evidence, was convicted of the 1997 rape and murder of two sisters on the provincial island of Cebu. Larranaga’s legal struggle remains a rallying point for civil rights activists around the world.
Variety’s Ronnie Scheib wrote that “docus about abuses of justice abound, but few present complicated events in so concrete, linear and compelling a fashion.”
“We hope that the film will raise awareness of Paco’s plight and lead to his freedom,” said Nancy Schafer, Executive Director of the Tribeca Film Festival. “This film is remarkably well crafted and I hope this award brings it the additional visibility it deserves.”
Collins will receive a $25,000.00 prize for the award.