Far From The American Dream
Interviews with gang members and expert observers provide information about the history of the gangs, but nobody can quite explain how their intense enmity evolved. Former gang members who've managed to end their involvement and change their lives suggest that there are ways of putting an end to gang rule.
The Crips and Bloods are among America's most pervasive brotherhoods of crime, and they've spread their colors and influence way beyond the borders of South Central Los Angeles to other US cities and abroad.
Stacy Peralta uses Forest Whitaker's narration to weave archival footage and the compelling stories of his characters into a fascinating look at gang life.
Gang rule is a thunderstorm that's looming large on America's horizon. The gangs have, as Peralta points out, already been involved in two of the most violent civil riots in recent US history--both in South Central, 27 years and three miles apart--and, with their extensive global network, there are likely to be more incidents unless gang power is diminished by providing potential recruits with more positive alternative lifestyle choices. Something we need to think about.
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Crips and Bloods: Made In America (2008)
- Directed by: Stacy Peralta
- Running Time: 99 min.
- Release Date: January 23, 2009 (limited theatrical); May 19, 2009 (DVD)
- Parents Guide: Advisory for content
- Distributors: Balance Vector Productions (Theatrical), Docurama (DVD)