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Queer Film Festival: Leitis In Waiting

Wednesday, 10 March from 6:30 pm-8:00 pm

Canterbury Film Society & Christchurch Heroes are partners in a dazzling six-film mini film festival which runs throughout Ōtautahi’s 2021 Pride Week.
All events are free/koha. Most screenings are at Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetū in Montreal Street, as well as one each at Lumiere Cinema (26 Rolleston Ave) and Alice Cinemas (corner Tuam and High Streets).
Check www.canterburyfilmsociety.org.nz to confirm film events, times and venues.
This is part of a special double-feature event, both films running at the Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waitwhetū in Montreal Street.
“LEITIS IN WAITING” will run at 6.30pm, followed by “KNIFE+HEART” at 8pm. Doors open half an hour before each screening, and drinks and home-baked goodies will be on sale in the foyer by the Canterbury Film Society hospitality team. No registration is required. All events are free/koha, with koha going to Canterbury Heroes.
“LEITIS IN WAITING” is the story of Joey Mataele and the Tonga Leitis, an intrepid group of transgender women fighting a rising tide of religious fundamentalism and intolerance in the South Pacific Kingdom. They are led by LGBT rights activist Joleen Mataele, who founded the Tonga Leitis Association, which provides support and shelter to transgender women. The film centres on the Miss Galaxy Queen pageant, an annual beauty competition for Leitis, and on a national consultation on LGBT rights initiated by Mataele. Directors Dean Hamer and Joe Wilson Dean Hamer and Joe Wilson met Joleen Mataele during a screening of Kumu Hina arranged by her long-time friend Hinaleimoana Wong-Kalu. They had originally intended to make a short film about the Miss Galaxy Queen pageant (which was later released as LADY EVA), but expanded the project when Mataele launched a national discussion in 2016 on LGBT rights in Tonga, documenting the opposition she faced from
conservative church groups. LEITIS IN WAITING was presented at the Documentary Edge Festival’s DOC Pitch Competition 2017 as a project-in-development. LEITIS IN WAITING and LADY EVA were screened at over 50 film festivals worldwide. It won the 2018 Audience Award at Festival of Commonwealth Film and Special Jury Prize at FIFO Tahiti while the short won the Asia Pacific Queer Film Festival Alliance (APQFFA) Award. LEITIS IN WAITING was nominated for the 2019 GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Documentary.
Hamer has explained that discussion of LGBT in Tonga is often dominated by outside voices from countries like Australia, and that part of the motivation for making the film was to raise the profile of Tongan voices. He has also cited the continued existence of anti-sodomy laws as an important part of the discussion. “Colonial era laws are still on the books in eight Pacific countries. We want to bring more awareness to these issues across the Commonwealth.” According to Mataele, the film is a means of speaking plainly and directly to decision makers: “I’ve always wanted to have a document of the work that we do.
This film can help us advocate and make our voices heard internationally. There’s no substitute for putting your story out
there without concealment. We’re telling it like it is.”
A full Queer Film Festival and Canterbury Film Festival schedule may be picked up from city cafes, libraries or the Christchurch Art Gallery in Montreal Street. Or check out our online programme and sign up for updates home page.
Parking: street parking is metered during the day and weekends but free after 5pm Mon-Sat. For Art Gallery or Lumiere events, the Art Gallery’s underground parking is $1 per half-hour. Alice Cinemas offers free parking during weekend and evening events (ask for a voucher at the counter).
Enquiries to: canterburyfilmsoc@gmail.com
Let us take you further into film!
Cost: Free/Koha
Age: All ages (Mature Content)
Chch Pride COVID-19 Policy:
– It is mandatory that people scan in using the QR code, or leave contact details.
– Please switch on Bluetooth on the Covid Tracing app.
– If you (or a close contact) is feeling ill; have any symptoms; are waiting for a Covid test result; or have been to any of the locations of interest at the specific times highlighted by the Ministry of Health and have not had a negative test, please refrain from coming to the event.
Full details here https://www.health.govt.nz/…/covid-19-novel-coronavirus


Wednesday, 10 March
6:30 pm-8:00 pm
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