Director: Dean Hamer, Joe Wilson
Runtime: 80 min
Festival year: 2017
In 2015, the short film Kumu Hina: A Place in the Middle screened as part of our Best of International Shorts program. Kumu Hina—the feature-length documentary—builds off of themes from the short: the Hawaiian concepts of māhū (gender fluidity and inclusion), and the vital importance of preserving indigenous knowledge and perspectives. Hinaleimoana Wong-Kalu is a Kanaka Maoli (Native Hawaiian) teacher, cultural practitioner, and community leader. She is a founding member of Kulia Na Mamo, a community organization established for māhū wahine (transgender women), and has served for 13 years as the Director of Culture at a Honolulu public charter school to forward Hawaiian culture and history as tools for empowering the next generation of warrior scholars. This award-winning documentary follows Hina as an educator and an activist, and also offers an intimate look into her personal life as she builds a relationship with her new husband Hema Kalu.
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