Pasifika PRIDE is a collaborative effort of Pacific Islander community organizations & LGBTQIA organizations Diversity of gender expression, identity, and sexuality within Pacific Islander (or Pasifika) societies has existed since the beginning of time. QTPI (Queer and Trans Pacific Islander) folk were openly accepted and even held in high regard in our societies. Their roles were special, often tied to spiritual and healing powers. When you think of that power, it should come as no surprise that colonizers tried to stamp it out as hard as they did, often using religion and legislation as cudgels to transform queerness into an object of fear and hatred. But now we are finally seeing an emergence of Pasifika filmmakers and creatives casting off colonial narratives, and reconnecting viewers to values, practices, and perspectives that are truer depictions of our most natural selves. It brings me great pleasure to present the following collection, shining a light on our stories.
An intimate glimpse of the first visible group of transgender men in the Pacific Islands: the Rogers of Samoa. From the loneliness of family rejection and homelessness to the camaraderie of church, cooking, and dance, their stories reveal the challenges and possibilities of life in an island society rooted in culture and tradition. Directed by Joe Wilson & Dean Hamer | 2020 | USA | 16m