Art Heals All Wounds
Art Heals All Wounds: Alexi Lacey, Filmmaker Behind Fiji Memory, Colonial Time
Today, I’m joined by independent director and producer Alexi Lacey. She has over 20 years of experience in filmmaking, and her most recent project, Fiji Memory Colonial Time, has been on her mind since she was a teenager. The film explores the complexity of identity when it's been formed by privilege due to the exploitation of other people and the intended destruction of their culture. For Alexi, this was an opportunity to profile her mother's courage, share the bitter truths in their family's history, and the legacy of colonialism in Fiji. We discuss what motivated Alexi to pursue this story, how colonialism impacts our identities, and what she hopes viewers take away from this film. We also touch on the work that she does with issues around the housing crisis, displacement, and gentrification happening in San Francisco.
● Why Alexi chose to tell her mother’s story in this way
● How she contextualized the larger legacy of colonialism in Fiji
● Coming to terms with her own identity and how she fits into her family’s history
● How the vision for the film changed over the 13 years of production
● Why she’s so passionate about fighting for housing rights in San Francisco
- Fiji Memory, Colonial Time website
- Fiji Memory, Colonial Time Twitter
- Fiji Memory Colonial Time Facebook
- Anti-Eviction Mapping Project Website
- Waqa Vuidreketi on Instagram
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