Human Rights Through Cinematography festival: ‘Kumu Hina’

Imagine a world where a little boy can grow up to be the woman of his dreams, and a young girl can rise to become a leader among men. United Nations Information Centre, in partnership with the High Commission of Canada, hosted the screening of documentary ‘Kumu Hina,’ which features the real story of Hina Wong-Kalu, a native Hawaiian transgender.

The screening of ‘Kumu Hina’ was a rare occasion, which brought together transgender activists from Islamabad, Rawalpindi, Haripur, Lahore and Peshawar to raise voice for their rights. The documentary screening was preceded by two panel discussions. The first panel focused on education and economic empowerment for the transgender community, while the second panel revolved around healthcare and protection.

Speakers and participants of panel discussions include the Ambassador of the European Union Jean-François Cautain, Resident Coordinator of the UN Neil Buhne, Country Director of UNESCO Vibeke Jensen, Country Director UNAIDS Mamadou Sahko, Director UN Information Centre Vittorio Cammarota, transgender persons and community activists.

During a momentous year in her life in modern Honolulu, Hina Wong-Kalu, a Native Hawaiian māhū, or transgender, teacher uses traditional culture to inspire a student to claim her place as leader of the school’s all-male hula troupe. But despite her success as a teacher, Hina longs for love and a committed relationship. As Hina’s arduous journey unfolds, her Hawaiian roots and values give her the strength and wisdom to persevere.