Global Issues Film Festival: Kumu Hina

The 16th Annual Global Issues Film Festival presents "Kumu Hina" a 2014 film directed by Dean Hamer and Joe Wilson

Sponsored by the University of Michigan-Flint, Mott Community College, and Kettering University. GIFF continues the tradition of bringing provocative films to Flint. This collaborative festival includes the work of independent filmmakers from around the globe, representing a variety of voices and viewpoints.

Date: Friday, November 3, 2017
Time: 6 p.m. (film runs 77 minutes)
Location: MCC's Regional Technology Center Auditorium

Hina Wong-Kalu is a transgender native Hawaiian teacher and cultural icon who brings to life Hawaii’s long-held embrace of mahu. The mahu were regarded as people who embody both male and female spirit and they were traditionally respected as keepers of ancient traditions. Kuma Hina focuses on: 1) Hina’s work with a school that specializes in Hawaiian language, history and culture, 2) her mentoring of a student who is proud to be seen as a mixture of boy and girl, and 3) Hina’s relationship with her Tongan husband. Overall, the film offers insight into the universal challenge of loving somebody outside the norm and a deeper understanding of the true meaning of aloha – love, honor, and respect for all.


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