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Paradigm Documentaries is the filmmaking and photography division of the Tiapapata Art Centre, Inc., a non-profit organisation based in Samoa promoting traditional and contemporary arts and crafts. Produced by independent filmmaker and photographer Galumalemana Steven Percival, these multimedia productions cover a range of topics including: Health; Gender issues; Culture; Religion; Human rights; Environment; Development and Trade; Education; and Samoa’s unfolding history.

Multimedia Productions
Filmmaker: Galumalemana Steven Percival

A number of productions are featured in a Multimedia Productions Catalogue for Samoa and New Zealand.

Please use the NZ Catalogue for orders from other countries. 

Catalogues are updated from time to time.  

If you are interested in ordering any films, you can also email your order to

O le Fa'atuatuaga Bahá’í i Samoa - The Bahá’í Faith in Samoa

THIS short film is inspired by the lives and teachings of these Twin Luminaries who founded the Bahá’í Faith, and provides a glimpse into the core activities that Bahá’ís throughout the Samoan archipelago and indeed the entire world, are ardently engaged in: children’s classes, the junior youth programme, study circles, and devotional gatherings.

Year of Production: 2019

Length: 10:49 minutes

National Public Inquiry into Family Violence

Commissioned by the National Human Rights Institution with financial support from the United Nations Development Programme.

Year of Production: 2016

Length: 17 minutes

Sisi le Laʻafa - Raise the Sennit Sail

Year of Production: 2015

Activity supported by the Canada Fund for Local Initiatives

2 parts, 32 minutes each

E Au le Ina'ilau a Tama'ita'i

Year of Production: 2013

Supported by PACMAS (Government of Australia)

2 Parts, 26 minutes each, DVD contains 5 videos

Gender equality issues in Samoa

Year of production: 2013

Running Time: 52 minutes

Color / Sound / Subtitled

Introducing the Tiapapata Art Centre

Introducing TAC multimedia productions

Year of Production: 2012

Opening the new studio in 2010

Year of production: 2010

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New Productions

O le Fa'atuatuaga Bahá’í i Samoa - The Bahá’í Faith in Samoa, was released in time for the celebration of the bicentenary of the Birth of the Báb (October 2019). 

National Public Inquiry into Family Violence in Samoa. Commissioned by the National Human Rights Institution with financial support from the United Nations Development Programme.


"Sisi le Laʻafa - Raise the Sennit Sail" is a two-part documentary film series exploring violence against women and girls in Samoa. Produced with support from the Canadafund for Local Initiatives and launched on 9 March 2015 in the village of Poutasi.

Radio New Zealand interview, November 2016:

Radio Polynesia news - 10 March 2015 


Gender equality is an issue in all countries. Produced by Galumalemana Steven Percival with the support of the Pacific Media Assistance Scheme (PACMAS), a regional media development program funded by AusAID and managed by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) International Development. This 5-minute trailer provides viewers with an overview of a documentary film currently being produced by Galumalemana Steven Percival of Fallen Lizard Films on gender equality issues in Samoa.  The film is "unlisted" on Youtube so only those invited by me will be able to watch it.


Documentary on the fine mat ('ie sae) and siapo: Commissioned by the Division for Women of the Ministry of Women, Community and Social Development, this film explores the making and use of the very Samoan mat known as the 'ie sae, and Samoan siapo or tapa. Click here to visit my Facebook page to see recent developments...   

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