Sima Urale, Samoa’s first female filmmaker, has brought touching stories of Pacific peoples and other cultures to the screen. Noted for her sensitivity for character, Urale credits her film success to determination and dealing with social issues close to her heart.
Sima Urale’s debut short film, beautifully realised in black and white, tells the story of a young Samoan boy who is expected to play guardian to his siblings. As his parents struggle in their new country, he is overwhelmed by the responsibility. When faced with his grief, the adults fail to recognise his pain. O Tamaiti won Best Short Film awards at film festivals around the globe, including the prestigious Silver Lion at Venice.
Check out an interview with Sima here: