John Singleton Working with A&E on L.A. Riots Doc


NEW YORK: A&E Network is marking the 25th anniversary of the infamous L.A. riots with an original two-hour documentary from executive producer John Singleton and directors One9 and Erik Parker.

L.A. Burning: The Riots 25 Years Later is set to premiere Tuesday, April 18, at 9 p.m. on A&E. The documentary is told through the lens of the people who experienced life-altering moments during the unrest. Singleton speaks to his own experience, which was impacted by the fact that the riots happened shortly after releasing his prolific film Boyz in the Hood just the year before. Additional detailed accounts include actor, director and activist Edward James Olmos, as well as innocent bystanders, rioters, law enforcement, media and rescuers, each telling their own unique story of this violent event in American history.

The doc is being produced by Entertainment One (eOne) and Creature Films.

“I believe the1992 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. “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.”