Paradise Bent. Boys will be Girls in Samoa

51 minutes / Colour / 1999
Directed by
Heather Croall

Country of production Australia

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.

Region Melanesia

Country Samoa

Keywords Gender Role and Identity Sex / Sexuality