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Te Kuhane o te Tupuna & Leitis in Waiting - San Francisco


Te Kuhane o te Tupuna & Leitis in Waiting - San Francisco

February 2019

When: Friday, March 22, 2019 

Where: Presentation Theater

2350 Turk Blvd 

San Francisco, CA 94118 


2:00-3:00pm Te Kuhane o te Tupuna / The Spirit of Our Ancestors screening

3:00-3:20pm Paula Rossetti, Filmmaker

3:30-4:45pm Reception - music, performance, refreshments

5:00-6:10pm  Leitis in Waiting screening

6:10-6:40pm  Panel: filmmaker, Tongan community activist, USF student



Te Kuhane o te Tupuna 

This documentary film is a journey from Easter Island to London, in search of the lost Moai Hoa Haka Nanaʻia, a statue of significant cultural importance. It explores the social and political landscape of the island of Rapanui as the people attempt to claim back what is rightfully theirs: their land and a lava-rock image of tremendous presence, representing one of the world's most extraordinary cosmological views.


Leitis in Waiting

This documentary tells the story of Tonga's evolving approach to gender fluidity through a character-driven portrait of the most prominent leiti in the Kingdom, Joey Joleen Mataele, a devout Catholic of royal descent.   Over the course of an eventful year, Joey organizes a beauty pageant, mentors a young leiti who is rejected by her family, and battles with fundamentalist Christians over Tonga's antiquated anti-sodomy and cross-dressing laws. Her story reveals what it means to be different in a deeply religious and conservative society, and what it takes to be accepted without giving up who you are.






Te Kuhane o te Tupuna

A grandfather and a girl travel from the most remote island in the world, Easter Island, in search of Mana, the sacred power of their ancestors.

Leonardo Pakarati
Paula Rossetti
Full-Length Film

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