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Daughters of the Ocean presented by Pacific Islanders in Communications

Celebrating the 30th Anniversary of Pacific Islanders In Communications (PIC), these films honor years of PIC funding to continue storytelling traditions through media. From Hawaii to Samoa, to Southern California to Aotearoa; these stories reflect the generosity of the waters that connect the Pasifika diaspora. These "Daughters of the Ocean" bring that generosity and love to every aspect of their lives.


The mission of Pacific Islanders in Communications (PIC) is to support, advance, and develop Pacific Island media content and talent that results in a deeper understanding of Pacific Island history, culture, and contemporary challenges. In keeping with the mission, PIC helps Pacific Islander stories reach national audiences through funding support for productions, training and education, broadcast services, and community outreach. Learn more at piccom.org

When a crisis strikes, the aging matriarch of a large Samoan/Māori family gets unexpected help as she struggles to reunite her fractured family.

  • Year
    2016
  • Runtime
    14 minutes
  • Language
    English, Samoan
  • Country
    Aotearoa New Zealand
  • Director
    Jeremiah Tauamiti
  • Screenwriter
    Taofia Pelesasa
  • Producer
    Karin Williams
  • Cast
    Leiataua "Ma" Si'ulepa, Mary Lauati
  • Cinematographer
    Fred Renata
  • Editor
    Damon Fepuleai