- Minorities, Culture, and Human Rights
Imagine a world where a little boy can grow up to be the woman of his dreams, and a young girl can rise to become a leader among men. Welcome to Kumu Hina's Hawai'i.
During a momentous year in her life in modern Honolulu, Hina Wong-Kalu, a native Hawaiian māhū, or transgender, teacher uses traditional culture to inspire a student to claim her place as leader of the school's all-male hula troupe. But despite her success as a teacher, Hina longs for love and a committed relationship. Will her marriage to a headstrong Tongan man fulfill her dreams? An incredible docu-drama that unfolds like a narrative film, KUMU HINA reveals a side of Hawai'i rarely seen on screen.
- Running time
- 77, 56 or 25 minutes
- Prod. Co.
- United States
- Years of Production
- Hawaii, Fiji
- Prod. Partners
- ITVS Pacific islanders in Communication
- Release year
- Hawaii International (closing night); Frameline; FIFO; and ~75 more
- Frameline Documentary Jury; FIFO Jury and Audience; New York Asian Audience; San Diego Asian Jury; Independent Lens Audience Award for 2014-2015 season; and ~12 more
- Festival premiere 2014; TV premiere 2015
- Broadcast (Prod.)
- Broadcast (Acq.)
- USA PBS/Independent Lens; France TV-O; New Zealand Maori TV; Australia SBS; Taiwan Indigenous TV
- English, Hawaiian, Tongan
- Spanish, French, Japanese, Chinese
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