Feb 24 2009

KPFK Fund Drive Day 19 – Crips and Bloods – Made in America

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A 17 year old boy was shot in the head and killed last night in South LA, after getting off a city bus. An LAPD officer told the press that the killer, another boy, was a member of a rival gang, and fled after the shooting. Meanwhile, three unrelated drive-by shootings across Los Angeles happened late last night in less than five hours, leaving one person dead and six wounded. Police are also identifying these attacks as gang-related. For the last thirty years, gang-related deaths in Los Angeles have surpassed epidemic proportions. More than 15 thousand people have been killed, almost all in South Los Angeles. In a brand new highly acclaimed documentary film maker Stacy Peralta takes a historic and intimate look at two of LA’s more notorious gangs. The film is called “Crips and Bloods: Made in America,” and features interviews with former members of the first known gang in the area, the Slausons, as well as with contemporary gang members, community members involved in gang truces and, mothers who have lost their sons in this on-going war that has plagued LA. What sets Crips and Bloods apart from other documentaries about this topic are the political and historical connections that link the rise of gangs to the very fabric of American society.

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