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Tales of the Waria

A community of transgender women in Indonesia search for love and happiness with unexpected results.
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Overview

Genre
Human Interest, Anthropology, and Foreign Worlds
Synopsis

Indonesia is home to the world’s largest Muslim population. It is also home to a community of transgender individuals known as warias, biological men who live openly as women. "Tales of the Waria" follows four characters from this little-known community as they search for romantic love and companionship. At times comical and at times heartbreaking, the film uncovers a world that not only defies our expectations of gender and Islam, but also reveals our endless capacity as human beings to search for love -- whatever the consequences.

Stage
finished
Running time
56 minutes

Credits

  • Kathy Huang ... Director, Producer, Cinematographer
  • Carla Gutierrez ... Editor
  • Gil Talmi ... Composer

Production Details

Years of Production
2008-2011
Locations
Makassar, Indonesia

Distribution Details

Release year
2011
Festivals
San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival, Frameline, Outfest
Awards
Best Documentary Feature, San Diego Asian Film Festival; Audience Choice Award, Asian American International Film Festival; Audience Choice Award, Barcelona LGBT Film Festival
Broadcast (Prod.)
Independent Television Service (ITVS)
Broadcast (Acq.)
PBS
Language
Indonesian
Subtitles
English

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