Call Her Ganda
Directed by PJ RAVAL
When Jennifer Laude, a 26-year-old Filipina and alleged sex worker, is found dead in a motel room, the perpetrator is quickly identified as 19-year-old U.S. Marine Joseph Scott Pemberton. Pemberton solicited Jennifer at a disco while on liberty leave, brutally murdering her when he discovered she was transgender. Amidst a media storm and police inquiry, three women intimately invested in the case pursue justice – an activist attorney, a transgender investigative journalist, and Jennifer’s mother – taking on hardened histories of U.S. imperial rule that have allowed previous American perpetrators in the Philippines to evade consequences. Part human interest story, part investigative exposé, the Hollywood Reporter calls CALL ME GANDA “As suspenseful as it is moving.”
This screening is co-presented by Invisible 2 Invincible: Asian Pacific Islander Pride of Chicago.