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Leitis in Waiting

An intrepid group of transgender woman rise up in their South Pacific Kingdom.
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Leitis in Waiting trailer

Overview

Genre
Human Rights and Minorities
Synopsis

Leitis in Waiting is a raw yet tender portrait 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 culture and tradition.

Stage
finished
Running time
72 and 56 minutes

Credits

Production Details

Prod. Co.
Qwaves
Country
Tonga
Years of Production
2016-2018
Locations
Tonga

Distribution Details

Release year
2018
Festivals
Margaret Mead, Hawai'i International, Doc Edge, FIFO, Commonwealth Films at British Museum, Frameline, Outfest, BFI Flare
Awards
Jury Award, FIFO; Audience Award, Commonwealth Films
Broadcast (Prod.)
Pacific Islanders in Communications / PBS
Broadcast (Acq.)
PBS, ARTE, MAORI TV, SBS,
Language
English, Tongan
Subtitles
English, French, German, Chinese

Photos

Eva and fatima - leitis in waiting_thumb

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