Location: Bartos Screening Room
With directors TJ Martin and Dan Lindsay in person
Dirs. TJ Martin, Dan Lindsay. 2017, 114 mins. Digital projection. Few images are seared into the American consciousness like that of Rodney King being beaten by four white Los Angeles police officers, or of the riots that followed their acquittal in the spring of 1992. The unrest, sparked by a verdict many viewed as yet another example of judicial indifference to law enforcement’s harassment of Los Angeles’s African American population, lasted for six days. Twenty-five years later, Academy Award–winning directors Dan Lindsay and TJ Martin (Undefeated) draw entirely upon archival footage to craft an in-depth portrait of those riots and the tempestuous relationship between Los Angeles’s African American community and those charged with protecting it. “Often, documentaries about historic events prompt the question, ‘why now?’ Sadly, that will never be asked about LA 92. Unmediated by historians, journalists, or any other interviewees and seething with emotions it doesn’t need to announce, the picture deserves to be seen.”—John DeFore, The Hollywood Reporter.
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