Call Her Ganda

Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival

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93 mins | Documentary | Philippines | English, Tagalog

Directed by PJ Raval

When Jennifer Laude, a Filipina trans woman, is brutally murdered by a U.S. Marine, three women intimately invested in the case-—an activist attorney (Virgie Suarez), a transgender journalist (Meredith Talusan) and Jennifer’s mother (Julita "Nanay" Laude)-—galvanize a political uprising, pursuing justice and taking on hardened histories of U.S. imperialism.

A modern David and Goliath story, Call Her Ganda fuses personal tragedy, human rights activism, and the little-known history and complex aftermath of U.S. imperial rule in the Philippines, forging a visually daring and profoundly human, geopolitical investigative exposé.