SXSW 2012 Trailer - "Uprising: Hip Hop & The LA Riots"

by Tambay A. Obenson
March 10, 2012 8:30 AM
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Here's the trailer for the documentary feature Uprising: Hip Hop & The LA Riots, directed by Mark Ford and produced by Wesley Jones, which is making its world premiere at the SXSW Film Festival currently underway in Austin, TX where I am.

Written and directed by Mark Ford (VH1's Behind The MusicMTV's Laguna Beach and documentaries about NWANotorious BIG, and Aerosmith), the film explores the influence of Hip Hop in the 80's and early 90's, which may have served as a catalyst for the L.A. riots 20 years ago.

Here's the full synopsis:

20 years after riots ripped through Los Angeles, UPRISING documents how hip hop forecasted – and some say ignited – the worst civil unrest of the 20th century. The film revisits the riots in gripping detail and draws from a diverse collection of voices – the rappers, rioters, victims, police officers, journalists and everyday citizens of South Central Los Angeles. The documentary traces the rise of dissent in Los Angeles in the 80's and 90's and explores why citizens chose to rise up violently against police abuse and perceived injustices.

Watch the newly released trailer below:

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  • Nat | March 14, 2012 5:18 PMReply

    I agree that hiphop was influential in it.

  • Najledge AKA Nikki Jones | March 14, 2012 3:14 PMReply

    I dislike how Hip Hop is being blamed for the start or ignition of the Riots and the drama to follow for years to come. I can understand the point of the documentary but you need to get your facts straight. Clearly I am not the only person to think of this, so maybe they blamed Hip Hop for a reason. To start a controversy.

    - Najledge AKA Nikki Jones

    Twitter: @Najledge

  • Nadine | March 14, 2012 4:01 PM

    The documentary seems based on misinformation, Hip Hop? These cats are rewriting history and it's bothersome. Rap music might have been the voice of some, but Hip Hop this wasn't...

  • SoulMan | March 11, 2012 6:43 PMReply

    NOPE!!! Don't like the synopsis ("perceived injustices") nor the angle of the documentary's trailer. Hip Hop wasn't the catalyst. INJUSTICE was the catalyst. Hip Hop was the COMMUNICATOR! Not feeling it, but I will watch it to inform (or debunk) my take on it.

  • Nadine | March 10, 2012 2:02 PMReply

    This documentary should be titled, "Uprising: Hip Hop, RAP & The LA Riots". Hip Hop is a clearly defined entity and the Rap music coming out of the West, at the time, just wasn't it... If we keep blurring these lines, then true Hip Hop will be lost forever. Looks interesting, though...

  • lordvegan | March 10, 2012 1:31 PMReply


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