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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.
This long documentary (two hours, 24 minutes) takes us back 10 years before the L.A. riots and shows us events which led up to them. The film pays particular attention to the relationships between police, blacks and the Korean American communities.
Juxtaposing footage of the actual events with the narrative of each of their storytellers, Let It Fall does its part to maintain a sense of urgency around a narrative that still needs to be discussed, interrogated, and accounted for.
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.
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.