November 14, 2018 | West Hollywood Chamber of Commerce | 3:00pm – 4:45pm 


The story of Joey Mataele and the Tonga leitis, an intrepid group of native transgender women fighting a rising tide of religious fundamentalism and intolerance in their South Pacific Kingdom. The film follows Joey, a devout Catholic of noble descent, as she organizes an exuberant beauty pageant presided over by a princess, provides shelter and training for a young contestant rejected by her family, and spars with American-financed evangelicals threatening to resurrect colonial-era laws that would criminalize the leitis’ lives. With unexpected humor and extraordinary access to the Kingdom’s royals and religious leaders, Joey’s 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.

Run time: 72 mins.


Directors: Dean Hamer, Joe Wilson

Screenwriter: Hinaleimoana Wong-Kalu

Producers: Dean Hamer, Joe Wilson, Hinaleimoana Wong-Kalu, Sisi’uno Helu. 



November 14, 2018 | West Hollywood Chamber of Commerce | 3:00pm – 4:45pm  


Mino Bimaadiziwin follows Jim, a trans Anishinaabe man, who has lost all connection to his Native culture until he has a chance meeting with a mysterious Anishinaabe woman, Bangishimogikwe.

Run time: 10 mins.


Director: Shane McSauby

Producer: Carese Bartlett


*WHAT: * Film Program | 2 Films

*WHERE:* West Hollywood Chamber of Commerce | 8272 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90046

*WHEN:* November 14, 2018

2:00pm – Media Check-In

2:30pm – Red Carpet Arrivals; Interviews

3:00pm – 4:45pm  – Screening | Q & A



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