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A follow-up to the groundbreaking Visual Communications documentary OMAI FA'ATASI: SAMOA MO SAMOA, this fictionalized account of Vaitafe Futu, a gifted Samoan youth who travels from Pago Pago to pursue an education in Los Angeles offers a wholistic portrait of a newer Asian Pacific American community. Vaitafe's struggle to succeed at earning an advanced education is complicated by government cutbacks in education support, as well as various family crises. Only when his family and friends come together in the Samoan tradition of "fa'alavelaves" (family concerns) to help one of their best and brightest does Vaitafe learn the true meaning of "community."

  • Year
  • Runtime
    29 minutes
  • Language
  • Country
    United States
  • Director
    Takashi Fujii, Foe Alo, Jr.
  • Screenwriter
    Fouina Palamu, Betty Y.J. Chen,
  • Cast
    Bert Seugogo Schirmer, Amos Enosa Taufaao, Maria Young
  • Editor
    Alan Kondo, Betty Chen, Wei Fong Kwan
  • Sound Design
    Gabriel Cubos, Dough Aihara
  • Music
    Afa Pausa, Mauala King