January – We Matter

December 6, 2015
Surrey, BC

OFFICIAL TRAILER FOR JANUARY’S DOCUMENTARY FILM
“JANUARY – WE MATTER”
RELEASED

Sher Vancouver is pleased to present the official trailer for “January – We Matter.” Please click on the link below for the You Tube link.

This documentary film is inspired by Sher Vancouver’s late social coordinator, January Marie Lapuz. January was transgender, a woman of colour, an immigrant, she was adopted, and she was living in poverty. Sher Vancouver is a social, cultural, and support group for LGBTQ South Asians and their friends.

January was murdered in September 2012 in New Westminster, B.C. A grassroots, community driven, “Justice for January” march followed shortly afterwards.

January was born in Santiago, Philippines on April 9, 1986, and later immigrated to Vancouver, Canada with her adoptive mother. She was an advocate for trans rights and was known as the “bright light” among 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.

This documentary film is a celebration of January’s life, among other trans women of colour. This film is about remembering the impact that January had on the lives of everyone she encountered. This film is about uplifting the narratives and lived experiences of trans women of colour. This film is about collectively liberating all marginalized and oppressed people.

Says Alex Sangha, Founder of Sher Vancouver, “January is watching over us like our Angel in Heaven…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.”

Trans women of colour are being murdered at a unprecedented rate and it is critical we stand in solidarity with trans women and fight for justice and trans rights, support trans narratives, and push for the eradication of transmisogyny.

The film is directed by two women of colour, sociology and journalism students at Kwantlen Polytechnic University in Surrey, B.C. – Lenee Son and Elina Gress.

OFFICIAL SUPPORTERS

• Sher Vancouver
• Progressive Intercultural Community Services (PICS) Society
• New West Pride
• BCGEU
• Health Sciences Association of BC
• Yaadien Video and Photography
• Jesse Winter Heading Photography
• Vinay Giridhar Graphic Design
• Page 84 Design
• The Kwantlen Public Interest Research Group

The film is produced by Alex Sangha (Founder) and Ash Brar (Moderator) of Sher Vancouver.

January – We Matter is scheduled for release in mid-to-late 2016.

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