A documentary on the murder of a Filipino trans woman will screen at the Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival on April 26, 2018 in Toronto, Ontario. Directed by PJ Raval, “Call Her Ganda” tells the story of Jennifer Laude, who was killed by US Marine Joseph Scott Pemberton on October 11, 2014.
Pemberton was in the Philippines as part of joint exercises under the US-Philippines Visiting Forces Agreement.
The 19 year old Pemberton from New Bedford, Massachusetts, met the 26 year Laude at a local bar in Olongapo City. After a night of drinking, they went to a nearby motel.
It was at the motel where Laude’s lifeless body was found. Autopsy reports indicate that Laude died by asphyxiation from drowning.
Pemberton was arrested shortly thereafter, and the subsequent media frenzy strained Philippine-US relations, with the US government refusing to hand over Pemberton to Philippine authorities.
The trial also served to highlight transgender rights in the predominantly Roman Catholic Philippines.
The documentary follows the lives of three women invested in the case: Virgie Suarez, one of the lawyers who represented the Laude family, Meredith Talusan, the hard-hitting journalist who sought to bring world-wide attention to the Laude case and Julita Laude, Jennifer’s mother who found herself seeking justice for her daughter’s murder.
“Call Her Ganda” premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival on April 19.
It will have its international premier during the Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival at the University of Toronto‘s Isabel Bader Theatre on Saturday, April 28 at 9:15pm.
It will also be screening at the TIFF Bell Lighthouse on Sunday, April 29 at 3:45pm and the Scotiabank Theatre on Sunday, May 6 at 5:45pm.
Tickets are available at boxoffice.hotdocs.ca
Find out more about the documentary here: callherganda.com
Find out more about director PJ Raval here: unraval.com
Find out more about the Hot Docs here: hotdocs.ca