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.
My Fa’a Samoa (Video)