Through the director’s eyes, the script becomes a living image, bringing a story to life making personal stories shared experiences and triggering emotion in the audience.

In this week’s seminar series, Saunima’a Ma Fulu-Aiolupotea,a long serving member of the School of Nursing faculty, shared her experiences of participating in the Centre for Samoan Studies Film Challenge in 2018, and the short film which was produced from her personal story.

Entitled using film to document and foster dialogue on topical issues in Samoa—the production of the film “Boss at Work- Nofotane at Home”, Saunima’a shared the poignant, personal story behind the film which ultimately earned 3rd place and was awarded a special prize for best pocket documentary.

 Caption: Saunima’a Ma Fulu-Aiolupotea, Nurse Lecturer in Nursing

Processes and Critical Reasoning, at the National University of Samoa

(photo extracted from the Film “Boss at Work- Nofotane at Home”)

Nofotane are women who live with their husband and his family in his village. Women in this role are expected to be in service to their in laws, and can have a wide variety of personal experiences. Saunima’a took the opportunity while sharing her story, to remind the audience that this was her personal story and could not be used to generalize the experiences of all Nofotane.

Caption: Audience listening to Saunima’a’s presentation

Through the Centre for Samoan Studies Film Challenge 2018, which was sponsored by the Pacific Media Assistance Scheme, the Ministry of Women, Community and Social Development and the Australian High Commission, participants benefited from two workshops which covered the different aspects of short film making using smart phones. This training took participants through script writing, directing, filming and editing using smart phones under the skilled tutelage of Catherine Marciniak, experienced journalist at Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Completed films were judged by a panel of local and regional judges and prizes awarded by the sponsors. All films produced from the Centre for Samoan Studies Film Challenge 2018 can be viewed on the Pacific Media Assistance Scheme Facebook page.

The Faculty of Health Science hosts its seminar series on Mondays between 12 pm and 2 pm at the AOA Conference Room, NUS Main Campus. 


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