|Director:||Micah van der Ryn|
|Producer:||Center for Visual Anthropology, USC|
|Distributor:||University of California Extension, Center for Media and Independent Learning|
|Library Code:||UHM AV/C VIDEOTAPE 13639|
|Description:||This unusual documentary focuses on a Samoan resident of Los Angeles and follows him and his family on a dramatic journey to Western Samoa. In a formal ceremony he is invested as a matai (traditional Samoan chief). Examines his new role in the Samoan community of Los Angeles following his return. A superb introduction to Samoan culture and a vivid profile of a man coming to terms with two different cultural traditions. Also a remarkable study of cultural change and resilience and the role of traditional culture and political structures in new transnational contexts.|
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