Finding My Fijian Identity Through The Ocean | Genisis Selina | TEDxSuva

From TEDxSuva – 15 year old Genesis shares her journey of reconnecting with Fiji and her identify as a Fijian through the ocean and a recent trip she made to her grandmother’s village.
She challenges us all to discover more meaningful connections and greater sense of purpose in our lives.
15 year old Genesis Selina is lives in Sydney, Australia and is an aspiring film director of Fijian heritage who has been making short films on her computer since she was in the seventh grade.
In 2016, her first major body of work, the short film Boy Strikes Back, was selected for the Pasifika Film Festival, making her the youngest screenwriter and director at the film festival and the only Fijian entrant. Boy Strikes Back screened in Sydney, Brisbane, Auckland and Wellington.
This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at


Arieta Tora Rika is a writer, Pacific storyteller, and Talanoa's Founder. With over 10 years of experience in social impact and non-profit communications across Australia and the Pacific, Arieta has dedicated her career to writing for positive change in vulnerable communities. She is currently a Communications Manager for The Salvation Army's aged care services, a part-time student at Western Sydney University as she completes a Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology), and a sometimes storyteller and cultural advisor for Talanoa.