Ursula Siataga

Project: 
My Fa’a Samoa (Video)
In this personal documentary, Siataga examines the notion of Fa’aSamoa (the Samoan Way of Life) as it is contested, forgotten, and remembered, in the lives of her boisterous multi-generational family. Siataga’s grandparents first arrived in San Francisco during the great wave of migration in the 1950s. The film is a ‘memoryscape’ prompted by her grandmother’s last days. Despite flashbacks showing the grandmother maintaining traditions, the film focuses on the tension with a new generation, changing times, and the troubled history of Siataga’s sister Gaynor, whose life has been torn between Fa’aSamoa and the streets.
Advisor: 
Renee Tajima-Peña
Advisor: 
John Jota Leaños
Class of: 
2011