September 28 2019 0comment

Special screening: Call Her Ganda

SEED Malaysia has collaborated with Freedom Film Network to make a special screening of “Call Her Ganda” as part of Freedom Film Fest 2019. In this special screening, we are also having a short questions and answers (Q&A) session with Naomi, the activist featured in the film, while being facilitated by Jerald Joseph, a SUHAKAM commissioner.

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Event duration

28 September 2019, 03:30 PM05:00 PM


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Film information:

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Film page and information

Country of Origin: USA & Philippines
Film Language: English & Filipino
Film Subtitle(s): English & Malay


– Pass is per person and it’s non-transferable.
– Pass could be purchased online for RM10 until 19 September 2019 from this link:
– For online purchase, please bring proof of payment to obtain pass at the ticket counter at the venue.
– Pass can also be purchased at the venue counter for RM12.
– Tickets available until an hour before screening.
– Students & Senior Citizens (above 65) with valid ID can purchase tickets at RM6 (only available at the venue).
– ALL ACCESS Festival Pass priced at RM100 is also available for purchase online until 19 September 2019 from this link:

Age restriction

All film screenings are for viewers who are 18 years old & above

Film synopsis

When Jennifer Laude, a Filipina transwoman is brutally murdered by a U.S. Marine, three women became intimately involved in the case-Virgie Suarez an activist attorney, Meredith Talusan, a transgender journalist and Julita “Nanay Laude”, Jennifer’s mother. Together, they galvanised a political uprising, pursuing justice and taking on the hardened legacy of U.S. imperialism in the Philippines.

A modern David and Goliath story, ‘Call Her Ganda’ fuses personal tragedy, human rights activism and the little-known history and complex aftermath of U.S. imperialism in the Philippines, forging a visually daring and profoundly humanistic geopolitical investigative exposé.

Biography of Naomi

Naomi Fontanos, being graduated from the University of the Philippines Diliman with a degree in secondary Social Studies education and currently pursuing graduate studies in the field of language education, is a long-time advocate of the Filipino transgender, lesbian, gay, bsexual, intersex, and queer (TLGBIQ) community and an advocate of feminism.

In 2008, she became the first trans co-coordinator of Task Force Pride (TFP) Philippines, the official organizing network of the annual Metro Manila Pride March. In 2015, she became the first trans Filipina to be a fellow of the International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) of the United States State Department on Preventing and Responding to Bias-Motivated Violence Against the LGBT Community.

She is a co-founder and current Executive Director of Gender and Development Advocates (GANDA) Filipinas, a TLGBIQ human rights organization primarily focused on the issues, needs, and concerns of the trans community in the Philippines and beyond. In 2018, she was named a fellow of the Internet Freedom Festival (IFF) held at Valencia, Spain in March 2018.



SEED or Pertubuhan Kebajikan dan Persekitaran Positif Malaysia is the first Trans-led community based organization in Malaysia. Officially registered in 2014, SEED was created to ensure the availability of support services for marginalized communities, especially the Transgender community.