Kumu Hina

Documentary on Transgender Hawaiian Caps Fiji Human Rights Festival - ABC Radio Australia

Transcript: Dec. 10, 2015

The Nothing Less Than Equal Film Festival ends in Suva, with a screening of 'Kumu Hina', a documentary about a transgender native Hawaiian woman who found refuge in her traditional culture.

The film is the main event for the festival's final night, intended to cap off World Human Rights Day festivities on Thursday.

Focusing on the life of Hina Wong-Kalu, a Honolulu-based teacher, the film, 'Kumu Hina' explores her relationship with her Tongan husband, as well as her contribution and acceptance as a cultural leader in her community.

Dean Hamer and Joe Wilson directed and produced the documentary, and they say they wanted to focus on how Hina's culture allowed her to develop a sense of pride about her gender identity.

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