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No Tomorrow

3.2 out of 5 stars 13 customer reviews

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As profiled in the film AGING OUT, Risa Bejarano was a foster care success story. Recently graduated, she set out for college with multiple scholarships and a sense of excitement about her future. Then, she was brutally murdered.

Soon, AGING OUT became the centerpiece of Risa s murder trial, as prosecutors used the film to heighten sympathy for the victim and hatred for the defendant. Troubled that their documentary was being used to advance the prosecutor s argument for the death penalty, filmmakers Vanessa Roth (Academy Aware winner, Freeheld) and Roger Weisberg (Academy Award nominee, Sound and Fury, Why Can t We Be A Family Again?) made a new film, NO TOMORROW, which focuses on the trial and the unexpected use of AGING OUT as evidence. In NO TOMORROW, similarities emerge between Risa and her killer, and viewers are forced to question not just whether the accused deserves to die, but whether the state deserves to kill.

Through extensive interviews with those involved in the trial and tense courtroom footage, NO TOMORROW poses a difficult question: What role did the filmmakers previous documentary play in this chilling death penalty trial?

DVD Features: AGING OUT: READY OR NOT - a 30 minute documentary about Risa s last year of life; Theatrical Trailer

Product Details

  • Actors: Risa Bejarano
  • Directors: Roger Weisberg and Vanessa Roth
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Docurama
  • DVD Release Date: January 25, 2011
  • Run Time: 86 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0042EJDEE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #231,474 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By K. Harris HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on February 4, 2011
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While there is certainly a lot of material to support either side of the death penalty debate, I was intrigued by the documentary "No Tomorrow" for its unusual back story. I will not get into a political or philosophical discussion of the apparent merits and/or faultiness of each position. I will say, however, that the film is particularly well balanced in presentation. That said, if you believe in the death penalty--nothing presented here should deter that belief and your side is well represented. If you are opposed to the death penalty--nothing presented here should deter that belief and your side is well represented. In either case, the film kind of makes the entire issue moot when the statistics of how long it takes to finalize a sentence through appeals is presented (at least in California, where the film's case is located). It is a process that literally takes decades!

"No Tomorrow" is a straightforward point/counterpoint film chronicling the murder trial and subsequent sentencing of Juan Chavez. Chavez was convicted of murdering three individuals, but the case became notorious because one of the victims (and seemingly Chavez's girlfriend) was Risa Bejarano. In the year preceding her death, Bejarano was the subject of a documentary by Roger Weisberg and Vanessa Roth entitled "Aging Out." This film portrayed Risa's struggles as she was exiting the foster care program and trying to establish a new life. At Chavez's sentencing, the prosecutors used this footage to humanize Risa for the jury and it became a large tool in helping to procure the death penalty. Weisberg and Roth, dissatisfied with this development, constructed "No Tomorrow" as a reaction to their previous documentary being used in this unintended and unexpected way.
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This documentary raises some interesting and contentious aspects in the ongoing debate about capital punishment in America, by presenting both sides of the subject via a compelling, tragic case study. Whichever side of the fence you stand on, or if you're sitting in the middle somewhere - and if this subject is important to you - this is a very worthwhile film.

I thought the film, while bound to be a divisive one, given the nature of the subject, did a pretty decent job of presenting the story in such a way that it was just about as fair a presentation of both sides as I've come across.
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While being presented as a film about the victim and the defendant, this fim was less about those two individuals, and more of a platform for a long and drawn out discussion on the death penalty itself. If that is what you are after, then watch this film. If it's not, keep looking and pass this one by.
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I have wanted to see this for so long...so I finally rented it...Now I wish I had not. More time was spent attempting to make you feel sorry for the shooter then the victim. A good documentary does not force the opinions of PRO...or CON... but delivers a clear and accurate account of both sides and then allows the viewer to decide....Towards the end of this film the attorney completely contradicts himself...answered his own question...and makes the best and clearest point in this entire film...
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A very interesting look at the legal system and its use of media to direct the outcome of a trial. It was slightly redundant at times, which was slightly irritating because this documentary had the potential to dig deeper rather than repeating the same points over and over. I would recommend watching it. It's compelling and thought provoking; the viewer is forced to confront many moral questions.
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While there is certainly a lot of material to support either side of the death penalty debate, I was intrigued by the documentary "No Tomorrow" for its unusual back story. I will not get into a political or philosophical discussion of the apparent merits and/or faultiness of each position. I will say, however, that the film is particularly well balanced in presentation. That said, if you believe in the death penalty--nothing presented here should deter that belief and your side is well represented. If you are opposed to the death penalty--nothing presented here should deter that belief and your side is well represented. In either case, the film kind of makes the entire issue moot when the statistics of how long it takes to finalize a sentence through appeals is presented (at least in California, where the film's case is located). It is a process that literally takes decades!

"No Tomorrow" is a straightforward point/counterpoint film chronicling the murder trial and subsequent sentencing of Juan Chavez. Chavez was convicted of murdering three individuals, but the case became notorious because one of the victims (and seemingly Chavez's girlfriend) was Risa Bejarano. In the year preceding her death, Bejarano was the subject of a documentary by Roger Weisberg and Vanessa Roth entitled "Aging Out." This film portrayed Risa's struggles as she was exiting the foster care program and trying to establish a new life. At Chavez's sentencing, the prosecutors used this footage to humanize Risa for the jury and it became a large tool in helping to procure the death penalty. Weisberg and Roth, dissatisfied with this development, constructed "No Tomorrow" as a reaction to their previous documentary being used in this unintended and unexpected way.
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