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Alex Sangha produced an award-winning documentary film called My Name Was January.


The official trailer is only 2 minutes and 5 seconds and you can view it here:

My Name Was January is a true story


When a trans sister, January Marie Lapuz, is brutally murdered in her own home, a community reacts and her friends and other trans women of colour come to share and voice their issues, concerns, and challenges. January was seen as a bright light in the lives of many. This is the story of January, a friend, a daughter, a person. This film will not only bring justice to January, but to all the women who have lost their lives. January had a beautiful soul, and now part of her soul rests in each and every one of us.


Below are other official sponsors of the film to date who have generously provided financial support to help offset the production costs of the film:

  • BC Civil Liberties Association
  • BC Government and Service Employees’ Union (BCGEU)
  • City of New Westminster
  • City of Surrey
  • Health Sciences Association of British Columbia (HSA)
  • Kwantlen Public Interest Research Group (KPIRG)
  • MoveUP
  • No Fear Counselling
  • Style Cuts by Narcy
  • UNIFOR BC Regional Council
  • UNIFOR Local 464
  • United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Local 1518



My Name Was January has garnered 8 award winners, 2 finalists, 3 semi-finalists, and 26 official selections to date.


  • Award of Recognition – LGBT, Best Shorts Competition, La Jolla, California
  • Best Documentary Short Film, Aphrodite Film Awards, New York City
  • Best LGBTQ Film, Los Angeles Film Awards, Los Angeles
  • Best Documentary – Gold Award, LA Shorts Awards, Los Angeles
  • Best Picture- Short Film – Gold Award, West Coast Film Awards, Malibu, California
  • Best Poster Art, West Coast Film Awards, Malibu, California
  • Award of Exceptional Merit – LGBT, Depth of Field International Film Festival, Nassau, Delaware, USA
  • Best GLBT Short, Directors Circle Festival of Shorts, Erie, Pennsylvania


  • Best Featurette, Southern States Indie Fan Film Fest, Biloxi, Mississippi, USA
  • Finalist (Gold) in the Canadian Shorts Category, Canada Shorts – Canadian and International Short Film Fest, Saint John, New Brunswick


  • Best North American Documentary, Alternative Film Festival, Toronto
  • Best Woman Filmmaker, Hollywood International Moving Pictures Film Festival, Los Angeles
  • Best Foreign Short, Hollywood International Moving Pictures Film Festival, Los Angeles



The film has been picked up for distribution by a local social justice non-profit distributor, Moving Images Distribution of Vancouver.

Moving Images will distribute the film to the educational market and the general public in Canada.

Discussion Guide for teachers has been developed to go with the film

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