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In the Philippines, a country still living in the legacy of colonization, the fraught commerce between soldiers and sex workers has persisted for generations. PJ Raval’s new film explores the 2014 murder of transgender Filipina Jennifer Laude at the hands of a US Marine, a crime that commanded international news attention. Avoiding the trappings of typical tales of violence against trans people, Raval foregrounds Laude’s mother Julita’s quest for justice, alongside Meredith Talusan, a trans Filipina-American journalist seeking to dig beyond the sensational headlines surrounding the murder. Meredith and Jennifer’s worlds collide as Raval guides us through the past and current culture of trans experience in the Philippines. -KM
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