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George Siosi Samuels animates the myths and legends of his maternal homeland, the Pacific island nation of Tuvalu.

As Tuvalu sits 15m above sea-level, it is at risk of rising sea-levels and climate change. Through cultural animation, George brings Tuvalu’s oral stories to life and teaches other young indigenous film-makers his techniques.

Tales from Nanumea comprise six episodes beginning with the founding of Tuvalu. George has completed the first three episodes using his own money and is exploring business models to fund the final three. Thanks to crowd-funding, he will begin Episode four – From the Sea, to the Sea.

George attributes his philosophy, “siosism” or “It will come”, to his grandfather.

The interview aired on 4EB/4ZZZ Fair Comment on 22 February 2013. It is available at CitizenJ.

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