Winner of a special jury prize at the 1992 Sundance Film Festival, the concluding chapter in Gorin’s SoCal trilogy finds the filmmaker intrepidly venturing into the world of the West Side Sons of Samoa, a Long Beach street gang with its own deeply ingrained set of codes and rituals. Not content to merely observe, however, Gorin invites his subjects to become full-fledged collaborators in the filmmaking process, interjecting scripted scenes and monologues (sometimes obviously, often not) that blur the line between documentary and fiction, only to arrive at what feels like poetic truth.

  • Directed By Jean-Pierre Gorin
  • 1992
  • UK/USA
  • HDCAM
  • 95 minutes