Host a Premiere Party!

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Congratulations to the winners of the Give Up Tomorrow Premiere Party Pack Giveaway: Kathy Cozzarelli (Buffalo Grove, IL) & Zahra Kamilla (Geneseo, NY)

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Ready to host your own Give Up Tomorrow Premiere Party? It's easy--red carpet not required! Here's a guide to getting started.


Set a date and place -- Invite as many people as you like to your home, school, community center or any location to watch Give Up Tomorrow on your television or laptop. Give Up Tomorrow will have its national broadcast premiere on Thursday, October 4th at 10 p.m. (check local listings). Host your party the night of the premiere or during the first two weeks that the film is streaming online.

Invite your guests -- Use the Punchbowl invite template for an easy way to invite friends and family. Sign into Punchbowl for free and choose the Movie/TV theme to create your Premiere Party invitation--

Test your A/V equipment and check your local listings -- Make sure your TV or computer connection works before the big bash. And check to make sure that Give Up Tomorrow is airing at the right time on your PBS station by entering your zip code on POV's TV Schedule Page.

Watch Give Up Tomorrow!

Talk about the film -- Encourage your guests to share their insights and reactions. You can also give your guests a bit of context about the film (head over to the Film Description to read more about the film, and see what the filmmaker has to say).

One way to get a discussion going is to pose a general question such as:

  • If you could ask anyone in the film a single question, who would you ask and what would you ask him or her?
  • What did you learn from this film? What insights did it provide?
  • Describe a moment or scene in the film that you found particularly disturbing or moving. What was it about that scene that was especially compelling for you?

Or try a film-specific discussion question:

  • Based on what you see in the film, write out a recipe for corruption in a justice system. What goes into that recipe? How do laws and policies prevent or facilitate corruption? Consider things like hiring processes, how one earns a license to practice law, requirements for arrest and detention, and who has a say in whether or not a prosecution moves forward.
  • Forty-two witnesses signed affidavits stating that they were with Paco in Manila while the alleged crime was happening in Cebu. What made this alibi evidence believable or not believable? Of all the witnesses, who did you find to be believable and why did you find them convincing?
  • Journalist Leo Lastimosa says, "It's so easy to manipulate people. It's so easy to exploit drama and tragedies and calamities to favor selfish interests." In this case, who did the manipulating and exploiting? How did they manage it in the face of such overwhelming evidence of Paco's innocence?

Take pictures-- Take pictures of your party and upload them to POV's Premiere Party Flickr group

Tweet, Blog, Facebook-- We want to know who joined in, what you thought of the film and what you talked about. Blog about your party and send us a link, Tweet @POVengage to tell POV what you discussed, or Fan POV on Facebook and leave us a comment.

Take Action-- Find out more about the issues and learn how you can take action.

Tell us about your Premiere Party for a chance to receive a POV Prize Pack-- Visit the Give Up Tomorrow Premiere Party Entry Page two weeks after the Thursday night premiere (the contest ends at 5 p.m. ET two weeks after the national broadcast premiere) to tell POV about your experience and to enter the giveaway.Make sure to leave us your email address, and you may be selected to receive a POV Party Pack!

There will be two Party Pack winners for each POV broadcast for a total of 26 winners. All entries will be eligible for the Grand Prize, which will include all of the gifts plus a Sony a77 DSLR camera and lens (Retail value: $1,999). The Grand Prize winner will be announced on January 29, 2013.