Call Her Ganda


Isabel Bader Theatre Sat, Apr 28, 2018 9:15 PM
TIFF Lightbox 1 Sun, Apr 29, 2018 3:45 PM
Scotiabank Theatre 3 Sun, May 6, 2018 5:45 PM
Film Info
Country Listing:USA
Premiere Status:International Premiere
Festival Info
Festival Year:2018
Accessibility:Partial Subtitles
Program Category:World Showcase
Film Subjects:America
Crime & Punishment
Gender & Sexuality
LGBT Cultures & Issues
War, Conflict & the Military
South & Southeast Asia
Cast/Crew Info
Director(s):PJ Raval
Producer(s):Kara Magsanoc Alikpala
Lisa Valencia Svensson
Marty Syjuco
Executive Producer(s):Daniel Chalfen
Editor(s):Victoria Chalk
Writer(s):PJ Raval
Victoria Chalk
Cinematography:Mike Simpson
Composer:Nathan Halpern
Chris Ruggiero


The violent murder of local trans woman Jennifer Laude, by US Marine Joseph Scott Pemberton during his "liberty leave" in Olongapo City, ignites a media firestorm, a high-profile court case and street protests. Three women intimately invested in the case combine forces to demand justice: activist attorney Virgie Suarez, transgender investigative journalist Meredith Talusan and Jennifer's mother, Julita. Taking on well-established legal precedents that ensure US military presence and impunity in the Philippines and perpetuate transphobia, the women aim to end the pattern of American predators evading criminal consequences. In death, Jennifer becomes a flashpoint for national discussion about gender-based violence, transgender discrimination and the Visiting Forces Agreement between the Philippines and the United States, bringing disparate issues and players together under a common cause. Call Her Ganda forges a profoundly humanistic geopolitical investigative exposé from personal tragedy and insists that justice and systemic change can't come soon enough. Angie Driscoll

Co-presented with Xtra.

Additional Information

NOW - 4 Stars, "unflinching and eye-opening."

NOW - "Ten of the buzziest festival films coming to Hot Docs"

POV - "Takes audiences on a gripping roller coaster ride of emotions."

Real Screen - "Hot Docs ’18: PJ Raval unravels the process of making “Call Her Ganda”"

Samaritan Mag - "Documentary Film Festival Hot Docs a Bonanza of Titles for the Conscious-Minded"

CBC - "What's queer at Hot Docs? A guide to everything LGBTQ at North America's biggest documentary event."

Mr Will Wong - #HOTDOCS: 2018 Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival Preview."