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SIA FIGIEL’S STORY ‘WHERE WE ONCE BELONGED’ GRACES SAMOA STAGE

graphic: Samoa Observer

Ivilasi Films, in partnership with The Ministry of Education, Sports and Culture and the National University of Samoa, is proud to present the stage adaptation of Sia Figiel’s where ‘we’ once belonged, at the historic Museum of Samoa, in Malifa. The inaugural season will run from September 24th – 29th, featuring a cast of local actors, and directed by Fiona Collins.

Where ‘we’ once belonged is the award winning novel by Samoa’s first novelist, Sia Figiel, of Matautu-Tai. Published in 1996, the book won literary awards and recognition world-wide, and has been translated into several European languages. Figiel completed the stageplay in June of this year, specifically for this season and the Samoan audience.

The story is set in 1980s Samoa, in the fictitious village of Malaefou and revolves around young Alofa Filiga, and her family and friends, in an unforgettable coming-of-age story that only someone as intimately connected to Samoa as Sia Fiegel could pen.



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