Documentary about Jennifer Laude to premiere in New York's Tribeca Film Fest

Darryl Esguerra
PUBLISHED March 13, 2018 11:45 am
Call Her Ganda. Photo taken from tribecafilm.com

(Inside Manila) Jeffrey "Jennifer" Laude, a 26-year-old Filipino transgender, would have married her German fiancé Marc Sueselbeck in 2015. But on October 11, 2014, Laude was found dead in a bathroom of a motel in Olongapo City—neck darkened with strangulation marks and head rammed into a toilet. The man who allegedly left her in that state was US Marine Lance Corporal Joseph Scott Pemberton.


This incident was the inspiration of a documentary film—“Call her Ganda”—which is set to captivate viewers at the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival in New York from April 18 to 29.


"Call Her Ganda" beat out more than 8,789 total submissions to make it to the lineup, which includes 96 films from 103 filmmakers. For the Documentary Competition, “Call her Ganda” will be competing against 11 other documentaries, vying for Best Documentary Feature, Best Cinematography, and Best Editing.


Directed by PJ Raval, the documentary features Laude’s slay case and bares “a constellation of social and political tensions between the United States and the Philippines.”



Joseph Scott Pemberton. AP File Photo


Pemberton, who was last seen entering the room with Laude after drinking, was later found guilty of homicide. The Olongapo City court ruled that Laude had tried to keep her true gender from Pemberton. On April 2017, the Court of Appeals (CA) affirmed the conviction of Pemberton for killing Laude. His plea to reverse the guilty verdict was junked because his defense lacked merit.

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