Tonight, October 4, 2012, Give Up Tomorrow premieres on POV (check your local listings). The documentary exposes shocking corruption within the judicial system of the Philippines in one of the most sensational trials in the country’s history. Paco Larrañaga, a 19-year-old student, is sentenced to death for rape and murder, despite overwhelming evidence of his innocence.

Read what critics are saying about Give Up Tomorrow:

“Jaw-dropping. . . . hard to turn away from. . . . a revealing, culturally specific snapshot of the Philippines emerges . . . hobbled by legacies of its colonial past and the continued strife of the present.”
— Nicholas Rapold, The New York Times

“Remarkably cogent. . . . Arousing outrage and disbelief in equal measure. . . . Docus about abuses of justice abound, but few present complicated events in so concrete, linear and compelling a fashion.”
— Ronnie Scheib, Variety

“This film has broken through the wall of audience and filmmaker in a way that will forever change how films are made. . . . The level of commitment to the narrative in Give Up Tomorrow is unchallenged. . . . tireless, unnerving . . . a deliberately paced, edge of your seat mystery/thriller . . . heroic and daring.”
— Eric Shlapack, The Examiner

“A whirlwind story. . . . An intimate family portrait and international cliffhanger that shines a light on a nation’s incomplete journey towards democracy.” “
Asian Journal

Watch Give Up Tomorrow tonight on PBS. (check local listings), or stream it online for a limited time starting Friday, October 5, 2012.

Then visit us on Twitter @povdocs, Facebook, or our companion site for Give Up Tomorrow to tell us what you thought of the film.

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POV (a cinema term for "point of view") is television's longest-running showcase for independent non-fiction films. POV premieres 14-16 of the best, boldest and most innovative programs every year on PBS. Since 1988, POV has presented over 400 films to public television audiences across the country. POV films are known for their intimacy, their unforgettable storytelling and their timeliness, putting a human face on contemporary social issues.