Like a Lady: The Fakaleitis of Tonga

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Aug 212011

Check out this trailer for Brian Favorite’s documentary ‘Like a Lady: The Fakaleities of Tonga‘.  It includes some super short animated clips from Tess Martin – there will be more in the full film:

This documentary sample tells the story of Brian, a Peace Corps volunteer, told to hide his sexual orientation for fear of rejection by his fellow villagers in the conservative, Christian, traditional country of the Kingdom of Tonga, South Pacific.
He befriends a community of men and boys who do not conform to the traditional male role model of Tongan men but combine or move between men and women gender roles. Brian seeks to understand his place in their country with the help of his fakaleiti (transgender) friends.