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Tales of the Waria

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

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
Audience Choice Award, Asian American International Film Festival
Broadcast (Prod.)
Independent Television Service (ITVS)
Broadcast (Acq.)
PBS
Language
Indonesian
Subtitles
English

Photos

Tiara applies lipstick_photo by kathy huang_thumb

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