When Jennifer Laude, a Filipino transgender woman, is murdered by U.S. Marine Joseph Scott Pemberton, 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.
“Call Her Ganda” examines the marginalization of transgender Filipinos throughout the Philippines’ violent colonial history and raises complex questions about sovereignty, justice, and the right to self-determination.
The modern David and Goliath documentary 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 humanistic geopolitical investigative exposé.
Watch the POV presentation of “Call Her Ganda” on PBS.
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