Uprising: Hip Hop & La Riots

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: