Pinoy film voted in Top 10 all-time 'greatest documentaries'


Posted at Nov 30 2012 06:43 PM | Updated as of Dec 02 2012 08:50 PM

MANILA, Philippines -- A Filipino-made documentary centered on a Filipino-Spanish teenager who was convicted in a 1997 massacre case in Cebu was voted as among the "Greatest Documentaries of All Time."

Paco Larrañaga in a scene from the documentary "Give Up Tomorrow." Photo from the movie's website

Filipino producer Marty Syjuco's "Give Up Tomorrow" ranked ninth in an online poll that seeks to determine the Greatest Documentaries of All Time.

The multi-award-winning documentary garnered 255 votes as of Friday, when the poll officially closed. 

"Give Up Tomorrow" trails other critically acclaimed documentaries in the list, including "Paris is Burning" (first place), "Everyday Sunshine: The Story of Fishbone" (second), and "Bahrain: Shouting in the Dark" (third).

The online voting was hosted by American TV network PBS's POV, said to be "television's longest-running showcase for independent non-fiction films." According to its polling page, the results will be formally announced at a later date.

The same broadcasting network, PBS, premiered "Give Up Tomorrow" on American television in October. The debut broadcast coincided with the release of the documentary in local cinemas in the same month.

"Give Up Tomorrow" centers on the case of Paco Larrañaga, one of the 7 who were convicted for the kidnapping and murder of sisters Mary Joy and Jacqueline Chiong in 1997.

In February 2004, Larrañaga and his other six co-accused were sentenced to death by lethal injection in a Manila court. His death penalty was then commuted to life when capital punishment was abolished in the Philippines two years later.

Larrañaga was then transferred to a prison in Spain in October 2009 under the Transfer of Prisoner Treaty between Madrid and Manila.