Hawaiian mahu's life told in documentary | Pacific Beat

Hawaiian mahu's life told in documentary

Hawaiian mahu's life told in documentary

Updated 21 April 2014, 13:25 AEST

In a landmark ruling last week India's Supreme Court recognised 'transgender' as a third sex.

Still people who identify as transgender continue to attract high rates of violence, sexual assault and discrimination.

A new documentary from Emmy award-winning directors Dean Hamer and Joe Wilson explores the trials and relationships of Hinaleimoana Wong-Kalu, a transgender woman, or 'mahu', living in Honolulu.

She chairs the O'ahu Island Burial Council and is one of the first openly transgender people to run for public office in the United States.

The film is called Kumu Hina and will begin its festival tour in New Zealand next month.

Presenter: Natalie Tencic

Speaker: Hinaleimoana Wong-Kalu, chair, O'ahu Island Burial Council; Dean Hamer & Joe Wilson, directors, Kumu Hina;


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