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Leitis in Waiting

The precarious role of queer people in traditional Tongan society is threatened by a rising tide of neo-colonial intolerance.

Tickets for the Sunday 31 March 19:40 performance will go on sale to BFI Champions Wed 13 Mar 11:30, to BFI Members Wed 13 Mar 12:30 and to the public from Thu 14 Mar 11:30. This screening has English language subtitles, including descriptions of non-dialogue audio, for customers who are D/deaf or hard of hearing, and the short film, Stage Name: Victoria, will be presented with English subtitles.

Dir-Prod Dean Hamer, Joe Wilson, Hinaleimoana Wong-Kalu
With Joey Mataele, Eva Baron
Prod Co Qwaves

Tonga is one of the few sovereign nations in Polynesia that avoided colonisation, keeping its traditional culture. This meant a broad acceptance of queerness, including ‘leitis’ – third-gendered people whose role as servants and workers is nonetheless supported by traditional institutions, including the country’s monarchy. The leitis at the heart of this story are a generation that increasingly find themselves oppressed by binary notions of male and female, a shift intensified by western-style evangelical churches. Posing a lucid and timely argument against the idea that modernity is entirely synonymous with progress, the film is a rare insight into a small but proud nation – and an even tinier community – coming to terms with itself.

+ Stage Name: Victoria

Dir Taran Morriseau

A First Nation drag performer and his mother are the subject of this loving portrait.

Jay Bernard

Access tickets

A limited number of Access tickets have been ring-fenced for guests with specific seating requirements including aisle seats for guests with restricted mobility and seating for BSL interpreted events in order to provide the best sight lines.

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