Directed by Dean Hamer, Joe WIlson, Kumu Hina Wong-Kalu
A brave young transgender woman sets off on a journey to become her true self in the religious and traditional South Pacific Kingdom of Tonga – with a little inspiration from Tina Turner along the way.
Kumu Hina is a Native Hawaiian teacher, cultural practitioner and community leader with a long history of perpetuating Kanaka Maoli language and traditions.
Emmy Award-winning filmmakers and activists, Dean Hamer and Joe Wilson produce films that emanate from the voices of those on the outside, that inspire creativity and compel viewers to question and to act. They collaborate to present Pacific Islander voices and stories rarely heard in mainstream media.
Director: Dean Hamer, Joe Wilson
Producer: Kumu Hina Wong-Kalu, Dean Hamer, Joe Wilson
Editor: Bill Weber
Composer: Joel Douek
Story Creator: Kumu Hina Wong-Kalu
Cast: Eva Baron, Joey Joleen Mataele
Shorts Programs / 84 minsAloha! Ki Ora! Talofa! Hafa adai! These shorts made by the First Peoples of the Pacific represent a broad spectrum of themes and genres that deal with love, loss, culture clashes and connections. These are films made by Pacific Islanders about Pacific Islanders. - Anderson Le