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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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune

[Let it Fall] accomplishes what straightforward nonfiction narrative can do in the best of circumstance.

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Robert Abele

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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Glenn Dunks
Film Experience

...the matter-of-fact way that Ridley allows witnesses to the riots detail their personal stories allowed for his film to reach something somewhere in the middle between catharsis and devastation.

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David Lewis
San Francisco Chronicle

What makes the astoundingly edited "Let It Fall" so powerful is that it's an oral history, told through many angles: residents, police officers, victims, families of the victims, witnesses, jurors and a host of others.

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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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Jennie Kermode
Eye for Film

Let It Fall runs to nearly two and a half hours but feels much shorter, packing in a lot of information yet moving at a rapid pace.

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Leah Pickett
Chicago Reader

Not wasting a minute of its two-and-a-half-hour running time, this remarkable documentary echoes O.J: Made in America by examining the Los Angeles riots.

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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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Mark R. Leeper
Mark Leeper's Reviews

LET IT FALL: 1982-1992 stands with last year's O.J.: MADE IN AMERICA and I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO as a powerful retrospective on the dynamics of United States race relations.

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