This is so much bigger than a murder case. Even just the trailer for Call Her Ganda, a gripping, complex documentary, manages to pack so much into such a short time frame. Issues of imperialism, racism, double standards, and so much more permeate every moment of the film and every aspect of this case as a whole community looks for justice.
“Years of imperial rule come to a head in this challenging and moving documentary,” the video explains. “PJ Raval’s powerful film traces the life and fate of Jennifer Laude, a Filipino transwoman whose lifeless body was found in a hotel room. At the front of the movement crying out for justice are Jennifer’s mother Julita Laude, who works tirelessly on the case, the persistent American journalist Meredith Talusan and activist-attorney Virgie Suarez. Their aim: to ensure that the US marine responsible for Laude’s death is tried and convicted on Filipino soil. If he isn’t, American laws could potentially set him free, despite his crimes. Together, Laude, Talusan and Suarez expose double standards that will make your blood boil, all the while calling into question a colonial legacy that still values some lives more than others.”
You can see the whole trailer here:
Call Her Ganda is set to be a brave, excoriating exploration of lingering issues that the world — and especially the west — likes to turn a blind eye to. Without overshadowing the need to find justice for Laude, the documentary explores a global dynamic that simply isn’t getting enough attention.