As we approach the 25th anniversary of the L.A. Riots, National Geographic Documentary Films released a first look into its new film LA92. Based on the L.A. Riots that took place after four LAPD officers were acquitted after beating Rodney King, the film will immerse views in the time period with “stunning and rarely seen archival footage.”
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the film was assembled from broadcast news footage, radio reports, police files, and personal home videos. The film will feature never-before-seen and rarely used footage from the Los Angeles First AME Church, which supported victims of violence materials from the LAPD and fire departments.
Directed by Oscar winners Dan Lindsey and TJ Martin, the filmmakers proposed that as they took on the project, they wanted to present the events with original footage without a filter, meaning no talking-head interviews or narration.
“We were surprised pretty early on how we were able to give the proper amount of context to events and to what you’re watching, to allow the audience to wrestle with the issues being presenting to them,” Lindsey said. “We wanted to create something that would live in the space of cognitive dissonance for the audience. You are seeing things that may challenge your perception of right and wrong. You might find yourself feeling empathy in one moment and feeling shock in the next.”
Sparked by the death of 15-year old Latasha Harlins and the acquittal of the officers who brutally beat Rodney King, the LA Riots lasted from April 29 – May 4 1992. During that time, widespread looting, arson, and assaults happened throughout Los Angeles. In total, over 50 people were killed during the riots and more than 2,000 people were injured. Many local shops and properties were set on fire and destroyed, which resulted in over $ 1 billion in property damage.
LA92 will premiere at New York’s Tribeca Film Festival April 21st and will have a limited theatrical release in N.Y and Los Angeles on April 28th, as reported by The Hollywood Reporter. National Geographic set LA92 to air in 171 countries and 45 languages and has teamed up with Picture Motion to provide free screenings to colleges and universities worldwide.
LA92 will debut on National Geographic on April 30, but be sure to check out the trailer below!
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