Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research (AISSR)

Anthro Screening Room: Wariazone

Film Screening

23Nov2017 17:00 - 19:00


Terje Toomistu will show her co-directed film Wariazone (2011, 58 min), an independent documentary about transgender subjects, the notion of transgender, and the relations between gender identity and freedom in Indonesia, home to the world’s largest Muslim community.

Through the voices of around 40 waria (transgender women) it also raises questions about the historical shifts in the politicization of morality and religion. Traditionally, variations in gender identity have held a special position in many Indonesian cultures, but today warias have been relegated to an outlaw zone on the outskirts of the modern Indonesian society.

The documentary will be followed by Q&A discussion with Tarje.

About Terje Toomistu

Terje Toomistu is a PhD researcher at the University of Tartu, Estonia, at the Department of Ethnology and currently a visiting researcher at the University of Amsterdam, Department of Anthropology. She holds double MA degrees (cum laude) in Ethnology and in Communication Studies. In 2013/2014 she was a Fulbright scholar in UC Berkeley, U.S. She is also a documentary film-maker. Her most recent work is a feature lengths documentary (2017) and a cross-media project Soviet Hippies.


The Common Room (REC B5.12)
Nieuwe Achtergracht 166
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