A&E Network will mark the 25th anniversary of the infamous Los Angeles riots with a two-hour documentary from Entertainment One (eOne) and Creature Films.
Directed by One9 and Erik Parker, LA Burning: The Riots 25 Years Later provides an in-depth look into the 1992 LA riots through the eyes of those who experienced the uprising firsthand. The six-day civil disturbance began in South Central Los Angeles when four police officers were acquitted of using excessive force in the 1991 beating of African-American motorist Rodney King.
The two-hour special will meld together rare archival footage and exclusive interviews with the likes of Boyz in the Hood filmmaker John Singleton (pictured) and actor-activist Edward James Olmos, as well as bystanders, rioters, law enforcement, media and rescuers to flesh out the story that ignited a city in flames.
Tara Long and John Morayniss serve as exec producers for eOne alongside Creature Films’ Mark Ford and Kevin Lopez, and A&E’s Elaine Frontain Bryant, Shelly Tatro and Brad Abramson. John Singleton and Trevor Engelson also serve as executive producers
L.A. Burning: The Riots 25 Years Later premieres April 18 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on A&E.
“I believe the 1992 LA Uprising has never truly been given a voice until now… we’ve attempted to chronicle the untold stories and unique perspectives of people whose lives were profoundly affected by this event,” said Singleton in a statement. “As a native Los Angeleno I know the actions of that three-day event didn’t just appear out of thin air … the city was a powder keg boiling at the seams for many years under police brutality and economic hardship of people of color.”