A tropical storm beats down on an island in the Philippines, two sisters leave work and never make it home… Paco Larrañaga, a 19 year old student, is sentenced to death for their rape and murder despite overwhelming evidence of his innocence. Seven years in the making, the film reflects schisms of race, class and political power at the core of the Philippines’ tumultuous democracy that clashing families, institutions, and individuals face over Paco’s freedom.
In order to spread the film’s message in Southeast Asia, the filmmakers helped to launch the first ever Innocence Project Philippines Network, which holds benefit screenings for awareness, as well as sending law students to interview Philippine prison inmates to find cases fit for exoneration.
The film has been very well-received by the broader Asian anti-death penalty movement. It was the sole selection for the Asian Film Festival Against the Death Penalty.
This film was a selection for the 2014 Media Impact Festival. Find out more about the film’s funding and impact in its full festival case study.