What I Would Have Told My Daughter If I Knew What To Say Back Then

Directed by Cha Roque

What I Would Have Told My Daughter If I Knew What To Say Back Then features over 13 years of home video footage. It is the personal process of the filmmaker as she reveals a big secret about her identity while going through an imagined conversation with her daughter’s younger years.


Cha Roque is a literary writer, filmmaker, and LGBT advocate from the Philippines. She is the Communications Director of DAKILA, an artist collective in the Philippines who believes in the power of art to incite social change.

Cha co-founded CLP Videos, for which she has directed, written and produced numerous videos for corporate, government, and non-government clients. She used to teach Video classes at De La Salle College of St. Benilde, and Scriptwriting, and Brand Communications classes at Asia Pacific College.

Her first LGBT themed film, Itim na Tatsulok, received 7 nominations including Best Screenplay and Best Direction and won Best Editing. She is a fellow of the Salzburg Global LGBT Forum. She was a grantee of BChange Organization for the Stories of Being Me documentary series. Her experimental poetry video, Dead Rays, was part of Pauses and Pulses Video Art Exchange 2015 at the Marrakech Biennial in Morocco. She is currently working on her next film White TransLady.

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