A&E to Air Documentary About the 1992 L.A. Riots
A&E Network says it will air L.A. Burning: The Riots 25 Years Later, a 2-hour documentary executive produced by John Singleton, next month.
Directed by One9 and Erik Parker, the film is to debut on April 18. It will include interviews with bystanders, rioters, law enforcement, media and first responders, as well as with actor and activist Edward James Olmos.
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"I believe the 1992 L.A. Uprising has never truly been given a voice until now... we've attempted to chronicle the untold stories and unique perspectives of people whose lives were profoundly affected by this event," Singleton said in a statement. "As a native Los Angeleno, I know the actions of that three-day event didn't just appear out of thin air ... the city was a powder keg boiling at the seams for many years under police brutality and economic hardship of people of color."
"On April 29, 1992, the corner of Florence and Normandie Avenues in Los Angeles became ground zero for a racially and politically-charged uprising following the jury acquittal of four LAPD officers in the Rodney King case," the cable network said in a synopsis. "Fueled by injustice; riots, killings, lootings and widespread civil disturbance swelled throughout L.A. for six, long days while the rest of the world watched a deep racial divide unfold."
Singleton's films include Boyz n the Hood, Poetic Justice, Higher Learning, Rosewood, Shaft, 2 Fast 2 Furious and Four Brothers.
By Karen Butler
Originally published in UPI Entertainment News.