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Call Her Ganda

Documentary Competition

World Premiere

USA, Philippines | 98 MINUTES | English, Tagalog | English subtitles


Documentary, LGBT, Asian American Director(s), Tribeca Film Institute Alumni
In 2014, a transgender Filipina woman was brutally murdered and left in a motel room in the Philippines. When a U.S. Marine was identified as the primary suspect, it set off a cascading response of protests and legal action, revealing undercurrents of transphobia and deep-seated post-colonial tensions between the United States and the Philippines. Director PJ Raval follows investigative journalist Meredith Talusan as she immerses herself in the case and attempts to unravel these various tensions in the middle of a media firestorm. Meanwhile, attorney Virgie Suarez seeks to illuminate the truth from inside the courtroom, and the victim’s mother finds a voice she never knew she had. Call Her Ganda examines the marginalization of transgender Filipinos throughout the country’s violent colonial history and raises complex questions about sovereignty, justice, and the right to self-determination.

—Cara Cusumano


Directed by PJ Raval

Named one of Filmmaker Magazine's "25 New Faces of Independent Film" in 2006, PJ Raval is an award-winning filmmaker whose credits include Trinidad, which premiered on Showtime, Before You Know It, on PBS, and, as a cinematographer, the Academy Award®-nominated Trouble the Water. Raval is a 2015 Guggenheim Fellow, a 2016 Firelight Fellow, and a 2017 Robert Giard Fellow.
PJ Raval
PJ Raval, Lisa Valencia-Svensson, Marty Syjuco, Kara Magsanoc-Alikpala
PJ Raval, Victoria Chalk
Mike Simpson
Victoria Chalk
Executive Producers
Jim Butterworth, Daniel Chalfen, Barbara Dobkin
Co-Executive Producers
Jean Tsien, Abigail Disney, Gini Reticker, James Costa, Jessica Devaney, Anya Rous
Original Music
Nathan Halpern, Chris Ruggiero
Virgie Suarez, Meredith Talusan, Julita Laude, Naomi Fontanos


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