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Leitis in Waiting

Documentary Feature (72 min) | Dean Hamer


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. With unexpected humor and extraordinary access to the Kingdom’s royals and religious leaders, this emotional journey reveals what it means to be different in a society ruled by tradition, and what it takes to be accepted without forsaking who you are.

Dean Hamer, Joe Wilson (dir.) Producer: Hinaleimoana Wong-Kalu (Native Hawaiiian)

Dean Hamer is an Emmy Award winning filmmaker and New York Times Book of the Year author with a long history in communicating complex and controversial ideas to diverse publics. He formed Qwaves with partner Joe Wilson to make documentaries that emanate from the voices of those on the outside, that inspire creativity, that incite us to abandon our comfortable role as spectators and compel us to question and to act. Their work, which has been supported by Sundance, PBS, Pacific Islanders in Communications and the Ford Foundation, has won awards at film festivals around the world and used by a wide range of schools and community organizations.