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Fa'aseseina (Misled)

Fa’aseseina is a short art film created as part of a collaborative project by Lara Bouris and Mitiana Arbon during an in-country university course in Samoa. The story draws its inspiration from the legend of the female aitu Sauma‘iafe. The film also attempts to highlight contemporary challenges facing Samoa such as environmental degradation, climate change and cultural loss with the black and white stylisation as a historic tribute to 'Moana' (1926) by Robert J. Flaherty the first film ever to be shot in Samoa. Due to the limited window for editing for the course and access to resources, the Fa'aseseina was filmed and produced with no funding and over the period of a few short days.

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  • Project Type:
    Short, Student, Other
  • Runtime:
    8 minutes 35 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    January 10, 2014
  • Production Budget:
    0 USD
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  • Language:
    English, Samoan
  • Film Color:
    Black & White and Color
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