I recently came across a short movie on the life of transsexual Muslims in Indonesia. In the last few years, MMW has covered a few different stories in terms of LGBT activism in Indonesia: issues concerning transgender and transsexual communities, the challenges faced by lesbians and the attempts to bring LGTBQ issues to the public sphere.
Yet there are things to watch, along with our reading!
The Warias: Indonesia’s Transsexual Muslims is a short documentary that presents the lives of Indonesian transsexuals, or warias, as they are called. In this film Hannah Brooks visits an Islamic school for transsexuals. The star of the film is Maryani, a 50-year-old transsexual who owns a beauty salon and runs the Senin-Kamis School for waria from the back of the beauty salon. In addition to her involvement with the trans community and her job, Maryani raises her adopted daughter on her own.
Maryani’s story is one of challenges. [Read more...]