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[King, Rodney] Rodney King and the LA Riots, March 1991

Birth of a Nation: 4x29x92. This hard-hitting documentary offers a rare view of the L.A. rebellion which erupted within minutes of the verdict that acquitted the four police officers accused of brutally beating motorist Rodney King. With the hand-held immediacy of combat coverage and set to the best of rap and hip hop, the video maker follows the events on the street, all shot at the epicenter of the rebellion where businesses burn, emotions explode and Black and Latino communities refuse to sit back and take it. A film by Matthew McDaniel. Dist.: Third World Newsreel. 1994? 62 min.

Hands on the Verdict: The 1992 L.A. Uprising.Film probes the issues surrounding the civil unrest following the Simi Valley, Calif. verdict in the Rodney King police brutality trial. Examines also the South Central Los Angeles community of Watts, the truce between street gangs, the Crips and the Bloods, and the persistence of racism and police brutality in the L.A. Police Dept. 54 min.

L.A. Is Burning: Five Reports from a Divided City.One year after the Los Angeles riots, Frontline revisits the city. Tracing the chronology of events from the moment the Rodney King verdict was announced, through the next 72 hours of riots, to present day L.A. 87 min.

The Nation Erupts: An experimental view of the Los Angeles rebellion, this video explores the media depictions and omissions around the beating of Rodney King. Going beyond the nightly news soundbytes into the rage of urban communities throughout the nation, this tape demystifies the riots and lends a human face to the national rage. Also contains footage on community initiatives to stop the violence, Black and Korean organizing for peace, and the undercovered Latino community's response to the beating. Dist.: Third World Newsreel. 58 min.

No Justice...No Peace: Young, Black Immediate: Interspersed with film clips of the Rodney King beating, filmaker interviews Afro-American college students in California concerning their experiences of racism, police harassment and the commonly percieved identity of Afro-American men as violent. 15 min.

Outcry L.A.: Riots, Trials, Recovery: Riot footage of the Watts Riots taken primarily by amateur videographers at ground zero. See how the riot started, how it unfolded and how it blew up. The film examines the riots, through the five days they shook the nation, with particular reference to the events surrounding the convicted police officers, commentary by Chief Daryl Gates and many others who played significant roles. It also looks at grassroots efforts to reclaim Watts after the riots. 1999. 88 min.

Rodney King Decision-rioting, KPIX News Special Report.5:00 news, 4/30/92: Filmed off air, reports on the protests and the riots. 60 min.

Rodney King FBI Tapes: Scenes from the beating of Rodney King by members of the Los Angeles California Police Dept. on March 3, 1991 at regular speed, slow motion, and in a computerized simulation study. 60 min. ; also on VHS
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Various real-time and slow-motion replays of the Rodney King incident
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Short clip showing a computer-generated 3D model of King interacting with a police officer.
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Comparison of computer-generated models of interaction between King and police with actual footage of the action. Shows vector and force analysis of FBI agent using baton.

The Rodney King Case: What the Jury Saw in CA v. Powell: Presents the key portions of both the prosecution and defense cases. Condenses 150 hours of gavel-to-gavel coverage and includes the 81 second amateur videotape which recorded the events that occurred during the evening of March 3, 1991. 116 min.

The Rodney King Incident: Race and Justice in America: Presents the unedited version of the Rodney King videotape as well as new evidence ignored by the major media at the time. All of the key participants are interviewed, including Rodney King, the police officers, the state trial prosecutor, and former L.A. Police Chief Daryl Gates. All parties offer their divergent points of view about these tumultuous events. Dist.: Films Media Group. 56 min.

Sa-I-Gu. Explores the embittering effect the Rodney King verdict rebellion had on a group of Korean American women shopkeepers. It underscores the shattering of the American Dream while taking the media to task for playing up the "Korean-Black" aspect of the rioting. This film provides a perspective that is essential to discussions of the L.A. riots, ethnic relations, and racism in the United States. Includes interviews with the filmakers Elaine Kim and Christine Choy. 41 min.

State of Emergency: Inside the Los Angeles Police Department.Investigates police brutality in Los Angeles both before and after the beating of Rodney King while presenting grassroots solutions for police reform. Through interviews with L.A.P.D. officers and supervisors, the tape reveals what life is like behind the thin blue line. 30 min.

Twilight--Los Angeles: On March 3, 1991, the African-American, Rodney King, was brutally beaten by four white Los Angeles police officers who stopped him for speeding. On April 29, 1992, when the jury's "not guilty" verdict dismissed the officers on trial for the assault, the city ignited into three days of rioting, looting and violence that left neighborhoods smoldering. "Twilight: Los Angeles," adapted from Anna Deavere Smith's searing one-woman play, captures this tumultuous and challenging moment in America's race relations. c2000. 90 min. [preservation copy]

Related web sites:
Center for Asian American Media catalog description

Reviews and articles:
Choy, Christine; Kim, Elaine; Sil, Dai; Gibson, Kim. "Sa-I-Gu. (short Story)" (movie reviews) Amerasia Journal v19, n2 (Spring, 1993):161 (3 pages).
Gateward, Frances. "Breaking the Silences: An Interview with Dai Sil Kim-Gibson." Quarterly Review of Film & Video. 20(2):99-110. 2003 Apr-June Full-text of this article / review is available: UC Berkeley users only
James, David. "Tradition And The Movies: The Asian American Avant-Garde In Los Angeles." Journal of Asian American Studies 1999 2(2): 157-180. Full-text of this article / review is available: UC Berkeley users only