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Directed by Isabel Sandoval • 2011 • Philippines
Starring Isabel Sandoval, Publio Briones III, Dominic Milano Palomo
Writer, director, and star Isabel Sandoval’s feature debut is an intricately plotted, pulp-noir political thriller set on the margins of the Philippines. Wishing to start a new life, Donna (Sandoval), a transgender sex worker in Manila, relocates to the small town where her son (who believes she is his aunt) lives. There she is drawn into a grassroots campaign to oust a crooked mayor that becomes personal when she discovers that one of her longtime clients is a key player in his corrupt politician machine.