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Michael Collins, director of Give Up Tomorrow, will be on the #docchat Twitter chat Tuesday, October 9, 2012, at 8 PM Eastern (5 PM Pacific), taking your questions about “cracking the legal documentary code.”

In Give Up Tomorrow, 19-year-old Paco Larrañaga is sentenced to life in prison for rape and murder despite overwhelming evidence of his innocence. When Larrañaga was sentenced to death in 2004, Collins, along with producer Marty Syjuco, were inspired to pored through transcripts and legal documents to find out what they could do to correct the injustice. And of course, Collins picked up a camera.

As the director recently told POV, “I think we’ve always believed in the power of documentary really to create social change on a big level.”

Ask the filmmaker a question by posting to Twitter with the hashtag #docchat.

Here is an overview of the #docchat event:

Cracking the Legal Documentary Code

Michael Collins

When: Tuesday, October 9, 2012 at 8-9:30 PM Eastern. If you can’t make it, you can send in your questions ahead of time using the hashtag #docchat or in a comment below.

Who: Michael Collins will be the guest, tweeting from @GiveUpTomorrow. Adnaan Wasey of POV (@adnaanwasey) will be moderating from @povdocs.

How: To submit a question, send a tweet with the hashtag #docchat from an active Twitter account or leave a comment below if you don’t have an account. To follow the conversation, search the hashtag #docchat on Twitter or follow along at You can also bookmark this post and return on Wednesday, October 10, for a recap.

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