This is part of QDoc 2018
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 organizes 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
criminalize the leitis' lives.
With extraordinary access to the Kingdom's royals and religious leaders, Joey’s 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. Emmy Award-winning directors Dean Hamer and Joe Wilson (KUMU HINA) along with story creator Hinaleimoana Wong-Kalu, herself a Polynesian transgender woman who once won the crown in Joey's beauty pageant, bring unexpected humor and insight to the inspiring story of Pacific people who must be true to themselves no matter the cost.
Editor Bill Weber in attendance.
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