added: Thu, Apr 6th '17
"Boyz n the Hood" filmmaker and Los Angeles native John Singleton takes a hard look back at the 1992 L.A. Riots for an upcoming televised documentary called "L.A. Burning: The Riots 25 Years Later."
The two-hour special, which will be airing on the A&E network later this month marking the 25th anniversary, is executive produced by Singleton, who experienced the historical civil unrest first hand. Singleton was also there on the day the four LAPD officers were acquitted in the 1991 beating of African-American motorist Rodney King, which was famously caught on videotape and spurred a national debate on police brutality.
Featuring archival footage and interviews with activists, reporters, and eyewitnesses, "L.A. Burning" is directed by One9 and Erik Parker, the filmmakers behind the 2014 hip-hop documentary "Nas: Time Is Illmatic."
The documentary special is slated to premiere on Tuesday, April 18th on A&E. In the meantime, you can watch the trailer, above.
Sidenote: Oscar-winner John Ridley (creator of TV's "American Crime") also produced an L.A. Riots documentary for ABC, called "Let It Fall: Los Angeles 1982-1992." That ABC special will air on Friday, April 28th -- a week after A&E's "L.A. Burning."
An original two-hour documentary marking the 25th anniversary of the infamous L.A. riots that reexamines the intense and life-changing events through the eyes of those who lived it.
directed by One9 and Erik Parker; Executive Produced by John Singleton
release date April 18, 2017 (on the A&E network)