Indonesia is home to the world's largest Muslim population. It is also home to the "warias," a community of biological men who live openly as women. In this eye-opening PBS documentary, four warias search for romance and intimacy. They encounter a host of obstacles-- family pressures, economic burdens, aging-- but strive to stay true to themselves and to find lasting companionship. Shot over three years with the local queer community serving as story consultants and film crew members, the film provides an unprecedented look into topics rarely discussed in Western media: Indonesia, Islamic culture, and the daily life and struggles of transgender communities around the world.
"A fascinating exposé."
"The beauty and honesty are heartbreaking."
"The most realistic depiction of transgender Indonesians I have ever encountered. The film has much to teach us about love, belonging, and the diversity of ways to live a human life."
"Beautiful, unsettling and thoroughly engaging.... the best film I have seen for teaching about the cultural construction of gender and sexuality."