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Directed by PJ Raval
FEATURE DOCUMENTARY 98 Minutes World Premiere
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
Documentary, LGBT, Asian American Director(s), Tribeca Film Institute Alumni
About the Director(s)
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.

Film Info
Cast & Credits
  • Editor:
    Victoria Chalk
  • Cinematographer:
    Mike Simpson
  • Cast:
    Virgie Suarez, Meredith Talusan, Julita Laude, Naomi Fontanos
  • Director:
    PJ Raval
  • Co-Executive Producers:
    Jean Tsien, Abigail Disney, Gini Reticker, James Costa, Jessica Devaney, Anya Rous
  • Screenwriters:
    PJ Raval, Victoria Chalk
  • Producers:
    PJ Raval, Lisa Valencia-Svensson, Marty Syjuco, Kara Magsanoc-Alikpala
  • Executive Producers:
    Jim Butterworth, Daniel Chalfen, Barbara Dobkin
  • Original Music:
    Nathan Halpern, Chris Ruggiero

  • Print Source
    Lisa Valencia-Svensson
    Unraval Pictures
    Austin, TX 78722
    Phone: 416 728 0851
  • Press Contact
    David Magdael
    David Magdael and Associates
    Los Angeles, CA 90015
    Phone: 213 624 7827
  • US Sales Contact
    Ben Braun
    Submarine Entertainment
    New York, 10013
    Phone: 212 625 1410
  • International Sales Contact
    Ben Braun
    Submarine Entertainment
    New York, 10013
    Phone: 212 625 1410


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