The Festival of Commonwealth Film will be held at:
The Clore Centre
The British Museum
Great Russell Street
London WC1B 3DG
Winner: Special Jury Prize, FIFO Tahiti
Leitis in Waiting is the story of Joey Mataele and the Tonga leitis, an intrepid group of native transgender women fighting a rising tide of religious fundamentalism in their South Pacific Kingdom. With unexpected humour 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 who you are.
This screening will be followed by a Q&A with directors Joe Wilson and Dean Hamer, as well as Joey Mataele, the film’s main protagonist.
Admittance is for persons aged 18 and over only.
Meet the director
Dean Hamer is an Emmy Award winning filmmaker and New York Times Book of the Year author with a long history in communicating complex and controversial ideas to diverse publics. He formed Qwaves with partner Joe Wilson to make documentaries that emanate from the voices of those on the outside, that inspire creativity, that incite us to abandon our comfortable role as spectators and compel us to question and to act. Their work, which has been supported by Sundance, PBS, Pacific Islanders in Communications and the Ford Foundation, has won awards at film festivals around the world and is used by a wide range of schools and community organizations.
Joe Wilson got involved in documentary filmmaking following a career in international development and human rights. His short films with partner Dean Hamer have been used as outreach and advocacy tools by a wide range of community and educational organizations. Wilson directed and produced the Emmy Award-winning feature documentary OUT IN THE SILENCE, which premiered in the Human Rights Watch Film Festival in New York to great critical acclaim.
Hinaleimoana Wong-Kalu is a Native Hawaiian teacher, story teller and community leader. She was a founder of the Kulia Na Mamo transgender health project, cultural director of a Hawaiian public charter school, and candidate for the Office of Hawaiian Affairs, one of the first transgender candidates for statewide political office in the United States. She has also worked as a cultural advisor for several film and television programs about the Pacific Islands.
“an inspiring insight into queer lives in the Pacific”
“a true gift to the world – mesmerizing and unflinching”
Jeannette Hereniko, President, Network for the Promotion of Asian Pacific Cinema