The Kweenz of Kelston

Todd Karehana | Aotearoa New Zealand | 2014 | 15 MIN | Short Documentary

Sunday 23 October 2016 | 2:30 PM
TIFF Bell Lightbox, Cinema 3
International Premiere
Screening as part of #Warpaint

In an all-boys school we get introduced to “The Kweenz” a group of fa’afafine, transgender and takataapui students who are working towards a final-year talent show. As they prepare for their performance, they discuss the negative judgements they’ve received from their male classmates and how they support and grow strength from their sisterhood. As the lights come up on their performance, the Kweenz of the Kelston Boys’ High School fiercely strut their stuff on the stage, their strength and beauty shining through all else.


Todd Karehana (Māori/Tangata Whenua) graduated in screen production from the University of Auckland in 2015, where he is currently enrolled as a Master of Arts student specializing in drama directing.