In Solidarity with Kumu Hina

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We are delighted to be part of this year’s Fringe! Queer Film & Arts Fest in London. The festival runs from today until Sunday. The programme includes 22 features, 88 shorts, 3 exhibitions, 7 performances, 10 workshops/panels.

My film Little Elephant directed by Kate Jessop and script by Carl Miller, is about a woman’s estranged relationship with her father.

It is screening alongside documentary feature Kumu Hina. Directors Dean Hamer and Joe Wilson invite us to imagine a world where a child can grow up to be the woman of her dreams, and a young girl can rise to become a leader among men. Hinaleimoana is a proud and confident mahu (a person who embraces what is considered both the male and female inside). She is the wise, passionate, tattoo-covered, outspoken kumu (teacher, leader) who you cannot help but fall for as she negotiates the struggles of her new marriage and guides the determined young student Ho‘onani in this refreshing and irresistible documentary about being true to yourself, fighting for love and through heartbreak, and the struggle to maintain Pacific Islander culture in modern day Hawai’i.

Directed Dean Hamer and Joe Wilson. Producers Connie M Florez, Dean Hamer, Joe Wilson. Editor Nels Bangerter. Score Makana. With Hinaleimoana Wong-Kalu, Haemaccelo Kalu, and Ho’onani Kamai.

The films are screening

Friday 27 November, 8pm, Bernie Grant Arts Centre, Tottenham, £7.

Sunday 29 November, 2pm, Rose Lipman Building, Hackney, £5, or £7 on door.

The director of Little Elephant Kate Jessop and I will be at Friday’s screening at Bernie Grant Arts Centre. So if you make it do say ‘hello!’

After the recent experience at Shout in Birmingham, I’m looking forward to seeing Little Elephant on a large screen again with a room full of different people. And I’m even more excited to see Kumu Hina which looks like a beautiful film: the story, visuals and it’s spirit.

Little Elephant was supported using public funding by Arts Council England.

Seed Funding was provided by: Gem Arts, Sheffield City Council, Homotopia and Shout Festival.

Supported by Arts Council England

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