Interview with Sima Urale

Posted on 1 November 2008

Director Sima Urale discusses being a South Pacific filmmaker with NZ On Screen's Clare O'Leary: from the immigrant experience in Aotearoa (O Tamaiti, Apron Strings) to dusky maidens in velvet paintings (Velvet Dreams). Samoan-born, New Zealand-raised Urale is Samoa's first female feature filmmaker. Find out more about Sima Urale. This interview is available on YouTube to distribute and share: Part One and Part Two. Credits: Direction and Interview - Clare O'Leary, Camera and Editing - Leo Guerchmann


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by Cath Koa Dunsford on 30 June 2010 at 12:54 pm

Mahalo Sima Urale - Totally inspirational interview - love all your films but especially Apron Strings - keep with your awesome priorities - your films and vision are unique - and brilliant - tau ke! Thanks also for your sharing at Artspeak Pasifika - kia kaha- Cath Koa Dunsford

by Karlite on 08 November 2010 at 12:55 pm

Finally someone who tells it like it is. I'd love to see a feature of O Tamaiti one day. So many of our stories are non-verbal. Being Maori, growing up in and around te reo, I have that non-verbal narrative style thing going on too. Its one thing to go another country and feel like a fish out of water, but what about feeling like a stranger on your own soil. Well we're over that now, surely. LOl. Really admire your work. Pai rawa atu. Very inspiring.

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