reblogging yet again because a) i’m so sooo happy how many notes this has, it really warms my heart b) i went into a fit of glee when i saw bugbrennan’s butthurt post about it (you’re damn RIGHT this has 7000 notes Bug)
Tales of the Waria Documentary, 2011. 60 min. This clip is 2 min 36 sec.
At a time when transgender communities around the world are largely ignored or misrepresented in the media, […] Tales of the Waria intimately explores how one such community confronts issues of love, family, and faith. Traveling to Indonesia, the world’s most populated Muslim country, the film trains its lens on the waria […] who identify as women and are a surprisingly visible presence in a culture normally associated with strict gender divides.
While the trailer focuses a lot on love and romance, I found that this film had a lot of interesting things to say about spirituality as well, and about the relationship of a trans person to God. Check it out if it is playing near you.
So far the only screenings are at major film festivals. (Most of which are already over.) Is there any other way to see the film?
See if a local university or college is bringing it to a screening. For instance if you are near Boulder, Colorado it will be shown the morning of March 10th at the University of Colorado.
It will probably be on Netflix eventually, but I think it’s still pretty new. When folks are trying to get it to as many fests as possible it can take a year or two before it’s widely available.
They showed this at my college and the director came and did a Q&A with us, it was super-amazing. Everyone who has a chance to should see this film.
Of course, this is one of the profound ways in which oppression works—to mire us in body hatred. Homophobia is all about defining queer bodies as wrong, perverse, immoral. Transphobia, about defining trans bodies as unnatural, monstrous, or the product of delusion. Ableism, about defining disabled bodies as broken and tragic. Class warfare, about defining the bodies of workers as expendable. Racism, about defining the bodies of people of color as primitive, exotic, or worthless. Sexism, about defining female bodies as pliable objects. These messages sink beneath our skin.
Do you really love me? means, Will you accept me in process? Will you embrace what is different about me and applaud my efforts to become? Can I just be human, strong and vibrant some days, weak and frail on others? Will you love me even when I disappoint you?