April 29 marks the anniversary of the Los Angeles riots. On March 3, 1991, Rodney King was beaten by five white Los Angeles Police Department. On April 29, 1992, after a week of jury deliberations, the jury acquitted all four officers of assault and acquitted three of the four of using excessive force.
As a result, shortly after the verdicts were announced riots began and lasted for several days. A dusk-to-dawn curfew and deployment of the California Army National Guard eventually controlled the situation. Now, National Geographic is bringing the story to the screen with a new documentary called “LA 92.” The documentary immerses viewers in that tumultuous period through stunning and rarely seen archival footage.
Produced by two-time Oscar winner Simon Chinn (“Man on Wire”) and Emmy winner Jonathan Chinn (“American High”) and directed by Oscar winners Dan Lindsay and TJ Martin (“Undefeated”), the film looks at the events of 1992 from a multitude of vantage points, bringing a fresh perspective to a pivotal moment that reverberates to this day. See the trailer above.