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"Call Her Ganda" - Film Screening with Award-Winning Filmmaker PJ Raval
Start Date: 11/14/2018Start Time: 6:00 PM
End Date: 11/14/2018End Time: 8:00 PM
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PJ Raval, award-winning filmmaker, director and producer

When 26-year old Filipina transgender woman and alleged sex worker Jennifer Laude is found dead with her head plunged into a motel room toilet, the perpetrator is quickly identified as 19-year-old U.S. marine Joseph Scott Pemberton. A military recruit in an unfamiliar land, Pemberton was on "liberty leave" when he solicited Jennifer at a disco. On discovering that Jennifer was transgender, he brutally murdered her, leaving her to be found by her friend and the motel receptionist.

"Call Her Ganda" follows a cast of willful women as they take on some of the most powerful institutions in the world. 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" forges a visually daring and profoundly humanistic geopolitical investigative exposé.


  • "As suspenseful as it is moving... Heartbreaking and inspirational."  – Hollywood Reporter
  • "Unflinching and eye-opening"– NOW Magazine
  • "Valiant" – LA Times
  • "An emotional rollercoaster" – Unseen Films
  • "Powerful…Thought-provoking" " – Filmmaker Magazine
  • "A powerful message" – Let The Movies Move Us


Co-sponsored by the College of Arts and Sciences, Global Studies and Modern Languages, and Women’s and Gender Studies. Free event. Seating is limited-RSVP to

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Pearlstein Business Center, Room 207, 3230 Market St, Philadelphia, PA 19104
  • Everyone

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