The story of Joey Mataele and the Tonga leitis, an intrepid group of native transgender women fighting a rising tide of religious fundamentalism in their South Pacific Kingdom
Over the course of an eventful year, LEITIS IN WAITING follows Joey, a devout Catholic of noble descent, as she organizes an exuberant beauty pageant presided over by a princess, mentors a young leiti rejected by her family, and spars with American-style evangelicals threatening to resurrect colonial-era laws that would criminalize their lives. With unprecedented access to church leaders and the Royal family, this emotional journey reveals what it means to be different in a society ruled by tradition, and what it takes to be accepted without forsaking who you are.
Leitis in Waiting is a co-production with Pacific Islanders in Communications. Coming in 2018
Meet the irrepressible Eva Baron, a determined young transgender woman who sets off on a journey of self-discovery in the Kingdom of Tonga - with a little help from Tina Turner.
This 11 minute short film has been a hit on the festival circuit. It is now available at no cost for community screenings, educational use and advocacy. Please contact the filmmakers for details.
Welcome to Kumu Hina's Hawaiʻi.
During a momentous year in her life in modern Honolulu, Hina Wong-Kalu, a native Hawaiian māhū, or transgender, teacher uses traditional culture to inspire a student to claim her place as leader of the school's all-male hula troupe. But despite her success as a teacher, Hina longs for love and a committed relationship. Will her marriage to a headstrong Tongan man fulfill her dreams? As Hina's arduous journey unfolds, her Hawaiian roots and values give her the strength and wisdom to persevere, offering a new perspective on the meaning of aloha.
The true story of a young girl in Hawaiʻi who dreams of leading the boys-only hula group at her school, and a teacher who empowers her through traditional culture.
This kid-friendly educational film is a great way to get students thinking and talking about the values of diversity and inclusion, the power of knowing your heritage, and how to prevent bullying by creating a school climate of aloha – from their own point of view!
The complete film and a variety of resources including a learning guide and the Pledge of Aloha are available for free