This film opened the TranScreen Film Festival in 2019. Immediately this set the tone of our festival and why we exist as an organization. Not a light, cheerful opening film, but an issue that, in our opinion, is too common worldwide. A theme that transgender people face when they are not protected by the legal system. Even when there is legal protection, but it is not enforced or executed.
Never before have we had so many people who wanted to talk about a movie afterwards. Certainly also because of the story’s open end. We therefore thought the choice for this film was unavoidable and we certainly do not want to keep it from you. So watch this strong, compelling film and let Ganda live on in our thoughts.
PJ Raval | Philippines | 2018 | 98 min | English/ Filipino sproken | English subtitles | Documentary
The documentary begins with a 26-year-old Filipina suspected sex worker who is found dead. The woman turns out to be Jennifer Laude. She is called ‘Ganda’ by her mother. In Tagalog language Ganda means ‘beautiful’.
The accused is quickly found: a 19-year-old marine from the US. Bystanders and video cameras all confirm that it is this person who was last seen with Ganda. Jennifer’s mom and her friends want justice, but will they get it?
The film depicts personal tragedy, activism, and the relatively unknown history and complex consequences of American rule in the Philippines, it comes together in CALL HER GANDA. A visually challenging and deeply human, geopolitical voyage of discovery.