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“Look, I’m not scared to face my creator,” says Paco Larrañaga, “but it’s just so unfair getting that little injection without me getting a fight.” So begins an interview with the Spanish man sentenced to death for participating in a 1997 gang rape and murder on the island of Cebu in the Philippines, even though 35 witnesses say he was 350 miles away on the night of the crime. As frightening as a true-life Call Northside 777, Michael Collins’ debut feature veers into political intrigue, drugs, and corruption. The sheer scope of the continuing case is enough to boggle minds—the Filipino president himself gets involved; a re-enactment of the crime is aired during the trial—but Collins deftly leads us through multiple theories and the sad conclusion that the miscarriage of justice couldn’t have been stopped.
Tuesday, June 21 at 9 p.m. at AFI Silver 3; also on Thursday, June 23 at 2:45 p.m. at Discovery HD Theater.