知名影評─但唐謨 - Film Critic, Dàn Táng Mó
Plumeria is a growth in the tropics flowers, five petals set off by a touch of dusky. According to the "magic herb encyclopedia", frangipani is negative / behalf of women, with a love of magic; Buddha is it to God. In India, frangipani is representing immortality, because it has a tough vigor. In the Southeast / South Asia, some cases (such as Bali traditional theater) in men also wore a frangipani in the ears. Asia / Pacific tropical eggs spend agitation for masculine men adds a feminine beauty.
Documentary "Cross of Hawaii," the male / female Hena would very much like eggs in the head with a flower, with his burly physique, showing a negative power and beauty of the charm. "Cross of Hawaii" record period of sex tours under distant culture. Located in the Pacific Ocean, Hawaii also has a long-term colonial history, although it is part of the United States, local tradition is still Austronesian culture. Traditional Hawaiian concept of gender, in addition to men and women, there is a cross between gender between "māhū." māhū both men and women of both sexes, and also has the advantages of both; but after a long European colonization, a symbol of Hawaiian culture, local traditional gender māhū also been suppressed.
"Cross of Hawaii" gender identity is a journey, but also a national identity in the process. Hena protagonist once a Sentimental Aboriginal boy, but he was attracted ridicule feminine personality, "māhū" is a curse of his term; however, he did not know māhū teenager meaning. Growing up journey, he / she gradually discover the meaning māhū also gradually explore their bodies and sex. This film records the transgender Hena how modern Hawaiian society, efforts to preserve traditional values; yin and yang to restore the original assembly māhū symbolized the pride, honor and dignity. She teaches a group of teenagers traditional Hawaiian dance, to educate the next generation of local culture; she even dressed women, but she energetic, loud, masculine flavor; her love life and ordinary people but also as full of ups and downs. But she also must face the social pressure: her students to have a physiological woman "boy", was forced to classify the "girl" side ......
Hena both masculine and feminine, her gender identity and her country's ethnic / cultural identity are linked together, the two are inseparable. "Cross of Hawaii," describes a little-known, but precious "queer" culture, as well as long-term Western colonialism imposed in queer / gay repression.
Hena often worn on the head of the flower Plumeria (Frangipani), Comrade Sri Lanka is also the film "groom's Youth," the English title. Although this film shine at international film festivals, because of the harsh censorship in Sri Lanka, but not public screening on the ground. "Groom Youth" is a triangular love story: a childhood of boys and girls grow up together, but unfortunately women love, Lang unintentionally, then an outside rough men entered their world, boys and rough men develop a friendship ambiguous; But reality intruded, the girl was married to a rough man. This tangled love triangle, along with the way they grow from a young ......
"The groom's Youth," the visual and stories are filled with an "exotic", but this comrade experience "exotic" truly, from Sri Lanka: They faced identity, under the family, gender, and the environment fate. The story presented in gay body, but also with the United States and negative. When the actor to face their own, always to women coming out; and when he was external to the emergence of women's status, but with a kind of revolt / rebellion meaning. Sri Lanka's law does not allow comrade love, but suffering in a repressive society, the first to stand out, always lead the revolution in the body dressing / transgender queer.
A symbol of life, hope and joy of frangipani, connecting two different spaces, as well as two comrades culture in the struggle struggling under oppressive. "Cross of Hawaii," "groom season of" Queer these two films brought out a fascinating inspirational frangipani world.