Sima Urale

  • Arezou ZalipourEmail author


Part II of the book Migrant and Diasporic Film and Filmmaking in New Zealand presents a collection of critical dialogues with film-makers, whose works are representative of the cinemas of migration and diaspora in New Zealand. In this chapter, Sima Urale’s honest portrayal of her personal journey after her parents immigrated to New Zealand offers significant insights into the historical progression of the processes and complexities involved in Māori and diasporic New Zealand screen production and practice. Urale is the first Samoan New Zealand female film-maker who has brought Samoan images and stories to the big screen. This chapter highlights the ways in which the essence of Urale’s Samoan communal life and upbringing has not only supported but also embedded new positive aspects to her collaborative and creative work.


Sima Urale Diasporic film Migrant film Apron Strings Cinema Film Samoa Samoan diaspora New Zealand Samoan Pacific film Diasporic community Film production Creative mentoring Community Film industry Pacifica 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Auckland University of Technology (AUT)AucklandNew Zealand

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