Leitis in Waiting

Series: QDoc

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.

For tickets, visit the QDoc website here. Hollywood Theatre members, for details on your member access, email kristy@hollywoodtheatre.org.

Director
Dean Hamer, Joe Wilson
Format
Digital
Runtime
72 mins.
Wheelchair accessible
Yes
Assistive Listening
Available
QDoc-Leitis

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