Paradise Bent: Boys Will Be Girls in Samoa

Subject:Documentary; sexual identity; gender
Length:50 minutes
Format:1/2 inch VHS; DVD
Year Released:1999
Director:Heather Croall
Producer:Heather Croall
Distributor:Filmakers Library; Indiana University (rental); Beyond Distribution.
Library Code:UHM AV/C VIDEOTAPE 17766
Description:Paradise Bent is a fascinating and entertaining film that tells the story of the Samoan fa'afafines: boys who are raised as girls and take on the domestic duties performed by women around the home, raising the children, caring for the elderly, and bringing the family together. The film explores the role of the fa'afafines, the anthropological records, and the impact of westernization. Through interviews with fa'afafines, Samoan elders, academics, and other residents of Samoa, the film explores differing cultural constructions of gender and sexual identity. English, and Samoan, with English subtitles
Record No:1605
Resources: Distributors's List

If you see any mistakes in this record, please notify the database maintainer (