Kumu Hina Screening - UTS Diversity Week
Tuesday, 18 August 2015 from 5:30 pm to 8:00 pm (AEST)
In collaboration with UTS Equity & Diversity Unit and Activate UTS, The UTS Pasifika Society presents 'Kumu Hina'
The screening will kick off with Pacific refreshments and cultural performances, followed by a Q&A session with Kumu Hina herself at the conclusion of the film.
KUMU HINA is a powerful film about the struggle to maintain Pacific culture and values within the westernized society of modern day Hawaiʻi. It is told through the lens of an extraordinary native Hawaiian who is both a proud and confident māhū, or transgender woman, and an honoured and respected kumu, (teacher), cultural practitioner, and community leader.
Hina Wong- Kalu, brings to life Hawaii’s long-held embrace of māhū - those who embody both male and female spirit, and who were traditionally respected as caretakers, healers, and keepers of ancient traditions. It traces Hina’s evolution from a timid high school boy to her position as a married woman and cultural director of a school that specializes in Hawaiian language, history and culture.
As she contemplates who should lead the school's all-male hula troupe in their final performance, a surprising candidate presents herself - Ho’onani, a sixth grader who is proud to be seen as a mixture of boy and girl. As Kumu Hina helps Ho’onani negotiate the mixed reactions of her classmates and her family, the power of culture to instil a sense of pride and acceptance becomes clear.
The film also delves into Hina's pursuit of a dream of her own - a fulfilling romantic relationship. Her tumultuous marriage to a headstrong Tongan man offers insight into the universal challenge of loving somebody outside the norm and a deeper understanding of the true meaning of aloha – love, honour, and respect for all.
Venue: Dr Chau Chak Wing Auditorium (CB08.02.005)