Sia (working title) is the portrait of pioneering Pacific writer Sia Figiel and her journey to find her true center.

From her childhood in a Samoan village to her life abroad as an award-winning author, the documentary shows her challenges living with manic depression, diabetes and obesity. By capturing her creative process as well as her efforts to manage her mania, depression, blood sugar and weight, the film tracks her surprising and illuminating journey toward mental, physical and cultural healing.

Project Status:  In production. Filming has taken place in the U.S., New Zealand and Samoa.

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Production funding received from Pacific Islanders in Communications, HDS Foundation, Atherton Family Foundation and the Women's Fund of Hawai‘i. The project has also been supported by the Sundance Institute/Women In Film's Women's Financing & Strategy Intensive.

This film has the fiscal sponsorship of The Center for Independent Documentary, Inc., which is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization. Thus all donations are tax-deductible to the full extent allowed by law.


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(Note that "Pacific Walking Warriors" was the original working title of the project.)

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