Le Afi Ua Mu – A Fire is Burning 56 min., 2003, (USA) Director-Producer: Shane Seggar. Years ago, Samoans faced disaster as a volcano erupted and destroyed all that they owned. Luckily, they escaped with their lives, but lost everything else. As they watched the lava flow down the mountainside, consuming their homes and plantations, they cried out “Aue Te Fefe–I am so scared.” Today, that fear returns in the face of the gang life consuming the lives of Samoan families here in the United States. Le Afi Ua Mu: The Fire Is Burning explores the difficulties that confront Samoan youth separated from their cultural heritage. Afakasi (half-Samoan) filmmaker Shane Seggar interweaves his own experiences with those of young Samoan men in Samoa and Los Angeles as he explores the social and cultural dynamics that lead Samoan youth to join gangs in the United States.
Video Rating: 4 / 5