Let It Fall: LA 1982-1992
Let It Fall: LA 1982-1992 (2017)

LET IT FALL takes a unique and in-depth look at the years and events leading up to the city-wide violence that began April 29, 1992, when the verdict was announced in the Rodney King case. Produced in partnership with ABC News' Lincoln… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Genre: Documentary
Release Date: April 21, 2017
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Robert Abele
TheWrap

Laying a groundwork of personal testimony and archival assemblage that tells the story of what Ridley calls "the uprising," there's directness when needed, detail (often horrific) when appropriate, and complexity where least expected.

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Alan Scherstuhl
Village Voice

These Angelenos discovered what they and their neighbors were capable of. Ridley's patient, humane approach allows us, over his film's 145 minutes, to discover it, too.

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Stuart Klawans
The Nation

It's like looking into the heart of all those single flames that made the conflagration.

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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times

Teeming with acts both heroic and reprehensible, John Ridley's wrenchingly humane documentary, "Let It Fall: Los Angeles 1982-1992," reveals the Los Angeles riots as the almost inevitable culmination of a decade of heightening racial tensions.

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Sheri Linden
Hollywood Reporter

Let It Fall is filled with insights and instructive cause-and-effective connections, but there are no neat conclusions to draw.

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S. Jhoanna Robledo
Common Sense Media

Wrenching, must-see docu probes racial violence in L.A.

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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times

The strength of "Let It Fall" is in its remarkable contemporary interviews, compelling both for the people recorded and the way the conversations are allowed to unfold.

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Jason Bailey
Flavorwire

'Let It Fall''s construction is shrewd: it moves fast from the verdict into the riot, far faster than the other films, but effectively dramatizes the speed with which the conflict escalated.

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Candice Frederick
Reel Talk Online

Juxtaposing footage of the actual events with the narrative of each of their storytellers, Let It Fall does its part to maintain a sense of urgency around a narrative that still needs to be discussed, interrogated, and accounted for.

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