Leitis in Waiting

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Leitis in Waiting

ELLEN MELVILLE CENTRE, AUCKLAND CENTRAL,
5 pM sunday 30 JUNE

5 pm Special Presentation: LEITIS IN WAITING (2018) Hawai’i – Directors – also screening with this feature will be Sparrow (Welby Ings, Short film)

SPARROW

Director Welby Ings Producer Robin Murphy 15 minutes New Zealand, Short

When the truth behind a family myth is exposed, a young boy finds the strength to stand up for himself in an unusual way.

LEITIS IN WAITING

USA Tonga 2018 70mins Directors Dean Hamer, Joe Wilson, Hinaleimoana Wong-Kalu

Hinaleimoana Wong-Kalu joins directors Dean Hamer and Joe Wilson (Kumu Hina, Doc Edge 2015) to tell the story of Joey Mataele and the Tonga Leitis, an intrepid group of indigenous transgender women fighting a rising tide of religious fundamentalism in their South Pacific kingdom.

The film follows devout Catholic Joey as she organises an exuberant beauty pageant presided over by a princess, provides shelter and training for a young contestant rejected by her family, and spars with American-financed evangelicals who threaten to resurrect colonial-era laws which would criminalise the leitis' lives.

With unexpected humour and extraordinary access to the kingdom's royals and religious leaders, Joey's emotional journey illuminates what it means to be different in a society ruled by tradition, and what it takes to be accepted without forsaking that tradition and culture.

7 pm Close / Poroporoaki