National Geographic Documentary Films’ anticipated debut for LA 92 will include the companion doc Riot, which provides a first-hand account of the tumultuous time in the city of April 1992 and sheds some light on the future of protest.
The one-hour special features interviews and stories from important eyewitnesses and spokespeople who bring insight into the city’s race relations and how Los Angeles was pushed to the “point of no return.”
Interviewees include graffiti artist Kelly Graval (aka RISK) and hip-hop star Rakaa from Dilated Peoples to former LAPD Detective Tom Lange, civil rights lawyer Connie Rice and LA Times columnist Sandy Banks.
Why do some people demonstrate their frustrations in the form of rioting while others use organized protest? Psychologist Abigail Marsh and sociologist Antwan Jones use history and biology to examine this dichotomy. With human rights issues making headlines and social media giving people a platform for their voices, these experts will attempt to determine if society is on the edge of having more disastrous riots in the future.
La 92 (pictured) is an archival footage documentary focused on the controversial Rodney King trial and subsequent protests, violence and looting of L.A. The feature is produced by Lightbox’s two-time Academy Award winner Simon Chinn and Emmy winner Jonathan Chinn with Academy Award-winning directors Dan Lindsay and TJ Martin.
Riot will air April 29, at 9 p.m. ET/PT, a day before the release of LA 92 on April 30, at 9 p.m. ET/PT.
The evening will also feature an LA 92 Facebook Live Aftershow on National Geographic Television’s Facebook page, moderated by journalist Soledad O’Brien and featuring key LA riot eyewitnesses. The event will take place April 30 at 11 p.m. ET/PT, immediately following the the release of LA 92.