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BRISBANE QUEER FILM FESTIVAL

MARCH 7 - 17 2019

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Leitis In Waiting

"...a true gift to the world —mesmerising and unflinching"

 

— Jeannette Hereniko, President, Network for the Promotion of Asian Pacific Cinema 

FREE SESSION, BOOKINGS REQUIRED 

DATE: 09 Mar 2019

TIME: 1:30 pm 

LOCATION: New Farm Cinemas

UNCLASSIFIED  15+

Year  2018

Country  Tonga

Language  English, Tongan with English subtitles

Director  Dean Hamer, Joe Wilson, Kumu Hina Wong-Kalu

Genre  Documentary

Run Time  72min

Awards & Screenings

Frameline 2018, Outfest Film Festival 2018, Hawaii International Film Festival 2018

Source  Independent

SYNOPSIS

Leitis in Waiting is the story of Joey Mataele and the Tonga leitis, an intrepid group of native transgender women fighting a rising tide of religious fundamentalism and intolerance in their South Pacific Kingdom.


The film follows Joey, a devout Catholic of noble descent, 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 threatening to resurrect colonial-era laws that criminalise the leitis' lives. With unexpected humour and extraordinary access to the Kingdom's royals and religious leaders, Joeyʻs emotional journey reveals what it means to be different in a society ruled by tradition, and what it takes to be accepted without forsaking culture and tradition.


Leitis in Waiting is an inside story, created by a Polynesian transgender woman who once competed, and won the crown in, Joey's beauty pageant.