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"Tales Of The Waria," a Doc Defying Presumptions About Gender and Islam, Premieres on the World ChannelAn Intimate Look at Biological Men Who Live Openly as Women in One of the World's Largest Muslim Countries (May 15, 2012)
SAN FRANCISCO, CA -- (Marketwire) -- 05/15/12 -- Indonesia is home to the world's largest Muslim population. It is also home to a transgender community known as the waria, biological men who live openly as women. "Tales of the Waria" follows four characters from this little-known community as they search for romance and companionship. At turns comical and heartbreaking, the film uncovers a world that not only defies our preconceptions of gender and Islam, but also reveals our endless capacity as human beings to search for love -- whatever the consequences. Directed by Kathy Huang, "Tales of the Waria" premieres on "Global Voices" Sunday, June 3 at 10 PM on the WORLD Channel (check local listings).
At a time when transgender communities around the world are largely ignored or misrepresented in the media, "Tales of the Waria" intimately explores how the members of one such community confront issues of love, family, and faith. Though Indonesia's tolerant form of Islam permits warias to live openly and without fear of physical harm, they remain a marginalized community whose life choices are often constrained in significant and sometimes tragic ways. Shot over several years with warias serving as advisors and film crewmembers, the film provides unprecedented access to a community that dares to live differently from the norm, despite what consequences may await them. Through their emotional journeys, our notions of love, gender, and Islam are forever changed.
About the Filmmaker
Kathy Huang (Producer/Director/Cinematographer) first developed a passion for documentary filmmaking in the dusty fields of South Texas. Inspired by her experiences teaching at-risk youth in a rural high school, she produced her first documentary, "Scribble's Creations" (2004). Shot with the help of her former students, the film follows a teenager coming of age along the US-Mexico border. Her subsequent short films have continued to explore underrepresented communities confronting unique challenges. "Tales of the Waria" is her debut feature-length documentary.
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