【正義思辨】篇 Ways to Justice
Give Up Tomorrow
美國 USA︱2011︱95 min︱Michael COLLINS
Heineken Audience Award & Best New Documentary Director- Special Jury Prize, Tribeca Film Festival
Audience Award, Sheffield Doc / Fest
Audience Award, Valencia Human Rights Film Festival
帕可獲判死刑後，引起西班牙社會極高的關注與同情，連西班牙首相薩帕特羅（Jose Luis RODRIGUEZ ZAPATERO）都親自致函要求菲律賓最高法院重新調查此案。在歐盟不斷施加的壓力下，菲律賓政府在二○○六年宣布廢除死刑，將所有死刑囚犯改為終身監禁。
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 Larranaga, 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. 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.
Give Up Tomorrow 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.