Pacific Heartbeat PRIDE Showcase

June 30, 2020
4:00pm Pacific Time
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Welcome

Welcome to this live online screening of BORN THIS AND and THE ROGERS, in celebration of LGBTQ Pride Month!

Video Descriptions

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Born This Way

Born This Way: Awa's Story - In New Zealand, Te Awarangi 'Awa' Puna is an openly transgender Maori teen attending her final year at Kapiti College in Wellington, New Zealand. The Rogers - An intimate glimpse into the lives of those who formed the first visible group of transgender men in the Pacific Islands - The Rogers of Samoa.

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Born This Way: Awa's Story/The Rogers

Born This Way: Awa's Story - In New Zealand, Te Awarangi 'Awa' Puna is an openly transgender Maori teen attending her final year at Kapiti College in Wellington, New Zealand. The Rogers - An intimate glimpse into the lives of those who formed the first visible group of transgender men in the Pacific Islands - The Rogers of Samoa.

90 minutes

Moderators

Panelists

  • Leanne Ferrer

    Leanne Kaʻiulani Ferrer is the Executive Director of Pacific Islanders in Communications (PIC). She is an award-winning filmmaker and has over 30 years of experience in the film and television industry. Leanne has been with PIC for 12 years where she is responsible for the overall health of the organization while building networks and strategic partnerships. She is a Founding Board Member of Hawai‘i Woman in Filmmaking, on the Steering Committee of Good Pitch Local - Hawai'i and is a National Arts Strategies Leadership Fellow.

  • Dean Hamer

    Dean Hamer is an Emmy Award winning filmmaker and New York Times Book of the Year author with a long history in communicating complex and controversial ideas to diverse publics. His first film THE PREACHER AND THE POET was a winner of the PBS Independent Lens Shorts Festival. In 2004 he formed Qwaves with partner Joe Wilson to produce insightful and provocative documentaries about often overlooked social issues. Their short films were part of the pioneering days of citizen-generated content on the Internet and cable television, and have been used as outreach and educational tools by a wide range of community and educational organizations.

  • Joe Wilson

    Joe Wilson got involved in documentary filmmaking through his social activism on human rights issues. Frustrated by the limitations of traditional organizing and advocacy, he picked up a camera with hopes of reaching broader audiences with stories that would inform and compel people to act. OTROS AMORES, his debut film, won the Videomaker National Documentary Film Challenge. Together with Qwaves co-founder Dean Hamer, his films on controversial and often ignored human rights issues have won jury and audience awards and official selection at more than 100 film festivals around the country and the world, and received widespread attention for their role in promoting social change.

  • Mitchell Hawkes

    Mitchell specialises in creating emotional stories that deal with big concepts. His last documentary about kiwi singer Stan Walker Stan won Best Director at the DocEdge International Film festival. He also filmed the story of Awa, a transgender teen. Born This Way: Awa’s Story saw him win Best Director at the 2017 NZTV Awards. He also won best Multi-Cam Director for The Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards. Mitchell has written and directed many prime time series; from the science show Nigel Blows Stuff Up to The Curious Mind about the brain, from Rivers to Cadbury Dream Factory. He directed a series on pop culture and wrote the book tie-in.

  • Te Awarangi Puna

    Te Awarangi ‘Awa’ Puna was 17 when filming began in 2017. She was an openly transgender Maori teen attending her final year at Kapiti College in Wellington, New Zealand. She is undertaking the transition from male to female. Awa is a filmmaker whose YouTube channel has thousands of views, her video “I am Transgender” has had over 12,000 views alone. In 2015 she took home the Creativity and Innovation award at the Pride awards, and was also named Young Person of the Year. She also received two further awards that year at the NZ student film festival: Best Year 11 Film, and Most Promising Talent. She is currently studying at Toi Whakaari Drama School in Wellington New Zealand and just landed a gig in an advertisement for the Ministry of Education.

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