Dear Fellow Workshoppers,
It's hard to believe, but four years after I first started shooting Tales of the Waria, it's finally having its national PBS broadcast! Starting Sunday, June 3, we'll be featured on Global Voices, a showcase of internationally themed documentaries on the WORLD Channel. Different stations across the country will air the program multiple times that day. Click here to check your local listings. I hope you'll tune in, DVR it, and tell your friends!
If you've long abandoned your TV set or find that you can't access the WORLD Channel, do not fear: there's also an option to watch the film on the PBS website for two weeks starting Monday, June 4.
And last but not least: our first batch of DVDs have just rolled off the press, sporting a lovely new design and special Deleted Scenes. We're hoping to get the film into as many classrooms and community organizations as possible, so if you have friends who work as educators or activists, please spread the word. Purchases can be made through the film's official website.
Film Synopsis: Indonesia is home to the world’s largest Muslim population. It is also home to a community of transgender individuals known as warias, biological men who live openly as women. Tales of the Waria follows four characters from this little-known community as they search for romance and intimacy. At times comical and at times heartbreaking, the film uncovers a world that not only defies our expectations of gender and Islam, but also reveals our endless capacity as human beings to search for love -- whatever the consequences.
The ITVS-funded project took three years to shoot and was produced with the help of the waria community, who served as story consultants and film crew members. It premiered to sold-out audiences in San Francisco and Los Angeles, and garnered several Audience Choice Awards. The Advocate called the film "a fascinating exposé" and Jezebel.com noted that its "beauty and honesty are heartbreaking."
A big thanks to Judith, Sonia, and the Workshoppers of 2010 for their wise counsel and feedback during the filmmaking process. I couldn't have done this without you!
A big hug from hot & humid Brooklyn,