At a time when transgender communities around the world are largely ignored or misrepresented in the media, the 60-minute documentary video Tales of the Waria intimately explores how one such community confronts issues of love, family, and faith. Traveling to Indonesia, the world’s most populated Muslim country, the film trains its lens on the warias, biological men who identify as women and are a surprisingly visible presence in a culture normally associated with strict gender divides. Interweaving the stories of several warias who make extraordinary sacrifices for love, Tales of the Waria creates a moving and unexpected portrait of a community that dares to live differently from the norm, despite what consequences may await them.

Duration: 60 minutes |

Producer, Director, Cinematographer: Kathy Huang

Editor: Carla Gutierrez

Composer: Gil Talmi

Associate Producer: Tiara Tiar Bachtiar, Aldy Mardianus

Sound Recordist: Handi Ilfat

Production Assistant: Dimas Jaka

Photographer: Irfan Ady Sastera

Tales of the Waria

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Asian American Association Film Festival 2013


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