by PJ Raval

Saturday, Sept 29, 1pm – Shemin Auditorium, Shaffer Art Building

(USA, 2018, 98 min) 

English and Tagalog with English Subtitles

Call Her Ganda Website

When Jennifer Laude, a Filipina transwoman, 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 the hardened legacies of US imperialism, including the Visiting Forces Agreement, which allows U.S. military personnel stationed in the country to remain under U.S. jurisdiction. Fusing personal tragedy, human rights activism and the little known history, and complex aftermath, of U.S. imperial rule in the Philippines, Call Her Ganda illuminates how a brutal story of gendered violence against a trans woman became a geopolitical question of postcolonial national sovereignty.

Communication Access RealTime Translation (CART) will be provided

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