Tales of the Waria

Four transgender individuals in Indonesia, the world's largest Muslim country, search for love and acceptance with unexpected results.

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Global Voices
Premiere Date
June 3, 2012
60 minutes
Funding Initiative
Open Call
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Kathy Huang

Kathy Huang first developed a passion for documentary filmmaking in the dusty fields of South Texas. Inspired by her experiences teaching at-risk youth, she produced Scribble’s Creations (2004), a portrait of a teenager coming of age along the US-Mexico border. Her subsequent works have continued to explore underrepresented communities Show more confronting unique challenges. Her short documentaries Night Visions (2005) and Miss Chinatown U.S.A. (2006) screened at festivals across the US, including Tribeca and SILVERDOCS, and aired on public television. Kathy received a M.A. in Documentary Film Production from Stanford University and currently works in New York as a freelance cinematographer and producer. Tales of the Waria is her debut feature documentary. Show less

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The Film

Indonesia is home to the world’s largest Muslim population. It is also home to a transgender community known as the 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 companionship. 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.