LEITIS IN WAITING
Dean Hamer, Joe Wilson & Hinaleimoana Wong-Kalu; 2018; USA/Tonga; 72 min.; in English and Tongan with English subtitles; Northwest Premiere
From the team that brought us KUMU HINA (TWIST, Translations 2014) comes a story from Tonga, the last kingdom in the South Pacific. Leitis (Tongan for transwomen) have long been respected in the culture, but mainstream homophobia and transphobia have begun to infiltrate the island, threatening their livelihoods. Enter Joey Joleen Mataele: a passionate leiti and mentor determined to defend the rights of leitis and all LGBTQ Tongans. From her work with the Tonga Leitis Association and the uproarious Miss Galaxy pageant to standing up to a group of Christian fundamentalists, Mataele’s poise and humor stand in defiance of prejudice.
Sponsored and Co-Presented by Pickford Film Center and Doctober
Co-Presented by UTOPIA Seattle
Content Warning: Nudity