To Sit with Her
Directed by Nicole Miyahara
As a Taiwanese-American transman, Leon Wu explores his late mother’s home country – on his own terms. A pilgrimage to rural Taiwan to visit his 97-year-old grandmother, offers unspoken acceptance of his gender identity. The discovery of their seemingly effortless relationship lies in contrast to the complex and contentious one he shared with his mother.
Dean Hamer and Joe Wilson / Documentary / USA / 2014 / 78 minsA powerful film about the struggle to maintain Pacific Islander culture and values within the westernized society of modern Hawaii, told through the lens of an extraordinary Native Hawaiian who is both a proud and confident mahu, or transgender woman, and an honored kumu, or teacher and cultural icon.