Pacific Heartbeat

Pacific Heartbeat

Leitis in Waiting

Leitis in Waiting tells the story of Tonga’s evolving approach to gender fluidity through a character-driven portrait of the most prominent leiti (transgender) in the Kingdom, Joey Mataele, a devout Catholic of royal descent. Over the course of an eventful year, Joey organizes a beauty pageant, mentors a young leiti who is rejected by her family, and attempts to work with fundamentalist Christians regarding Tonga’s anti-sodomy and cross-dressing laws. Her story reveals what it means to be different...
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  • program length: 60 minutes
  • episode #802

Wednesday, June 26 at 9:00 pm on 12.1

additional airdates

  • Sunday, June 16 at 3:00 pm on 12.2
  • Thursday, June 27 at 2:00 am on 12.1

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Running the gamut from enlightening documentaries to musical showcases, the anthology series PACIFIC HEARTBEAT draws viewers into the heart, mind and soul of Pacific Island culture.