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Paradise Bent: Boys Will Be Girls in Samoa (1999)

An exploration of the Samoan fa'afafine, boys who are raised as girls, fulfilling a traditional role in Samoan culture.

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Heather Croall
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Derek Freeman Derek Freeman ... Self - Anthropologist
Tania Grey Tania Grey ... Self
Jeanette Mageo Jeanette Mageo ... Self
Tom Pollard Tom Pollard ... Self - Anthropologist
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An exploration of the Samoan fa'afafine, boys who are raised as girls, fulfilling a traditional role in Samoan culture.

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Gender diversity in Samoa

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This film was developed and produced with the financial assistance of both the Australian Film Commission and the Australian Film Finance Corporation. See more »

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Examines the history and culture of Samoan men who chose to live as women, and how that institution has changed with modern western ideas of 'femaleness'
21 January 2002 | by Arion_StoneSee all my reviews

I saw this (and loved it) at the GL Film Festival in The City with another short documentary on Australian Aboriginal men who have chosen to live as women in a culture where they are not at all accepted. Paradise Bent was a moving and enlightening piece, but the combination really made me think a lot about how the dominant male paradigm affects those who live outside of those limitations. When you add Bombay Eunuch to this pair you really step out of our western male chauvinist universe - and appreciate how lucky we are here in so many ways, and how much we need to fight for the gender freedom of the next generation.


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Australia

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English | Samoan

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1999 (USA) See more »

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Boys Will Be Girls in Samoa See more »

Filming Locations:

Samoan Islands, Samoa See more »

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