QDoc Film Festival

Kumu Hina

with special guests

Directors Dean Hamer & Joe Wilson

  • 12:30 p.m. |
  • $10 per person; $8 students & seniors with ID; Free youth 23 & under; $75 festival pass |
  • All ages welcome
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About QDoc Film Festival


QDoc is the only festival in the United States, and only the second in the world, devoted exclusively to Queer Documentaries. More than a screening series – it is a fun, inspiring, and community-building event. Filmmaker attendance is a big part of the mix, with guests joining us from around the world to discuss their work. The Clinton Street neighborhood, with its numerous cafes and restaurants, becomes a mini queer district during the long weekend, enhancing the social aspects of the festival.

Founded in 2007, the Festival has been presented each year in cooperation with the Portland Q Center, whose mission is to increase the visibility of, and foster connection within, metropolitan Portland LGBTQ community.



About Kumu Hina


At a time when gender-nonconforming people are marginalized and mistreated the world over, Kumu Hina presents an intimate portrait of a proud and confident mahu (transgender) teacher who is passing on ancient Hawaiian culture and traditions to her students as she searches for love and a fulfilling romantic relationship in her own life.

Over the course of a momentous year, Hina inspires a tomboyish young girl to claim her place as leader of a boys hula troupe, culminating in a rousing year-end performance at their inner-city public charter school. Hina also takes a chance at happiness when she marries an unpredictable young man from Tonga who finds it difficult to adjust to life in modern Honolulu.

As the trials and tribulations of Hina's journey unfold, her Hawaiian roots and values give her the strength and wisdom to persevere, offering viewers a rare glimpse of island life that tourists rarely see and an understanding of the true meaning of aloha – unconditional love and respect for all.

Directors: Dean Hamer and Joe Wilson
74 minutes

Community Partners:
API Pride
Portland Parents
Families & Friends of Lesbians and Gays
TransActive Gender Center




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