Let It Fall traces the mounting tensions in Los Angeles over a decade-long period that led to the 1992 LA uprisings. The documentary comes from Academy Award-winning director John Ridley who collaborated with ABC News’ Lincoln Square Productions for the feature-length film.
Ridley is the screenwriter of “12 Years a Slave” and the creator of the new Showtime series “Guerrilla”. He is also the creator and showrunner of “American Crime.” In a recent interview, the flimmaker was asked what affected him most about making the documentary. He said, “It’s the immediacy of it all. To sit 3 to 5 feet away from individuals, and they are still so much in that moment. Time hasn’t passed for them. … These people don’t know each other, aren’t related to each other, but these series of events still uniformly impact them.”
Ridley, himself, had moved from New York to LA just weeks before the riots exploded, and in the documentary, he has focused on communicating the story through many different perspectives– including those of the officers involved in the beatings (none agreed to take part in the film). Read on for details on when and where to watch the show tonight.
DATE: Friday, April 28, 2017
TIME: 9-11pm ET/PT
DURATION: 2 hours
TV CHANNEL: ABC
SYNOPSIS: A look at the decade leading up to the L.A. riots of 1992. This documentary examines the era’s racial tensions, the rise of gangs, the crack epidemic and the efforts of the LAPD to clamp down on the violence.