I of the Water:  The Unwritten Life of Sia Figiel

I of the Water: The Unwritten Life of

Sia Figiel (working title) is a feature documentary that interweaves live action and vivid impressionistic 2D animation to tell the dramatic story of Sia Figiel, a pioneering feminist writer from the Pacific who is bold and open on paper but who privately struggles with myriad pains.

The documentary follows her for more than five years as she seeks to heal physically and mentally and ultimately realizes the true root of her pain — a discovery that will reframe societal notions of abuse, trauma and healing.

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

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Major funding received from Pacific Islanders in Communications, Atherton Family Foundation, Hawai‘i Council for the Humanities, HDS Foundation and the Women's Fund of Hawai‘i.


The project was selected to participate in the Sundance Institute / Women In Film's Women's Financing & Strategy Intensive, Doc Edge Pitch, Athena Film Festival's Works-In-Progress Program and Good Pitch Local Hawai‘i.

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We are still raising completion funds. The project 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.)

Email us at makingwavesfilms@yahoo.com with questions.