Vancouver filmmakers release trailer for new documentary about trans* advocate

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A screenshot from the official trailer for the upcoming documentary filnJanuary – We Matter

Sher Vancouver, a social, and support group for LGBTQ South Asians, has released the official trailer for the upcoming documentary January – We Matter.

The documentary film, currently in production, is inspired by Sher Vancouver’s late social coordinator, January Marie Lapuz. Lapuz was stabbed to death in 2012, with her attacker eventually convicted of manslaughter and sentenced to eight years in prison.

Lapuz galvanized a community with a rally held just two days before Lapuz’s killer was set to go to a bail hearing to draw attention to the murder and address other issues within the trans* community.

Born in the Philippines, Lapuz came to Vancouver with her adoptive mother. An advocate for trans* rights, she was considered by many as a “bright light” in Vancouver’s LGBTQ community.

“January’s glowing heart has inspired and touched many across the community and through sharing her story, we hope to emit her light, legacy, and advocacy,” says Sher Vancouver founder Alex Sangha in a press release. Sangha is also one of the producers of the film.

Sangha describes the documentary as both a celebration of Lapuz’s life and the impact she had as an advocate. It is also intended to put a spotlight on the difficulties facing other trans women of colour.

“January is watching over us like our angel in heaven,” says Sangha. “This film is to honour her spirit and legacy and all transgender women of colour who often don’t get enough attention, support, understanding, or acceptance in their lives.”

The film is directed by sociology and journalism students, Lenee Son and Elina Gress from Kwantlen Polytechnic University in Surrey.

January – We Matter is scheduled for release in 2016.

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