SOURCE: ITVS

ITVS

April 09, 2009 14:28 ET

Is There an End to the Warfare Between the Crips and the Bloods, the Most Notorious and Violent Street Gangs in America?

Join the Live Webcast Panel Discussion on April 14 at www.beyondthebox.org

Tune In for the PBS Independent Lens Broadcast Premiere of "CRIPS AND BLOODS: Made in America," Directed by Stacy Peralta in May

LOS ANGELES, CA--(Marketwire - April 9, 2009) - What is it like for young men on the streets of South Central Los Angeles today? Join us at 8:15 PM PDT (11:15 PM EDT), April 14, at www.beyondthebox.org, for a live streaming discussion presented by ITVS Community Cinema and the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs of the upcoming PBS "Independent Lens" May broadcast of "CRIPS AND BLOODS: Made in America." The acclaimed documentary examines the roots and the conditions that have led to the devastating gang violence among young African Americans in South Central Los Angeles.

Val Zavala, anchor and reporter with KCET's "SoCal Connected," will moderate a panel discussion at Los Angeles's Barnsdall Park that features Los Angeles Deputy Mayor Rev. Jeff Carr, the city's director of Gang Reduction and Youth Development; Stacy Peralta, the director of "CRIPS AND BLOODS: Made in America;" and community organizer Skipp Townsend, who is featured in the film.

Join the discussion and share your views via live chat and Twitter with the designated event hash #itvscc. Visit www.beyondthebox.org for the latest information about this event and others.

ABOUT THE FILM

Narrated by Forest Whitaker, "CRIPS AND BLOODS: Made in America," which will air on the PBS series "Independent Lens" in May, provides a historical and sociological context for the rise of the devastating gang violence in South Los Angeles. Director Stacy Peralta, whose previous films "Riding Giants" and "Dogtown and Z Boys" also explored the cultures of young male tribes, tracks the ascension of gangs through a history of South Central Los Angeles, a once-peaceful African American neighborhood. In the 1950s, young black men, shut out of youth organizations like the all-white Boy Scouts, formed their own clubs and used their fists to rule the streets. Today, South Central Los Angeles is one of the most violent places in the world -- the stress levels of its children measure higher than those of children in Iraq.

Combining unprecedented access to active gangs from neighborhoods all over South Los Angeles with contemporary interviews, political and social commentary, and current and rare archival footage, "CRIPS AND BLOODS: Made in America" transcends the typical lurid exposé style and offers a compelling, character-driven documentary narrative that chronicles the decades-long cycle of destruction and despair that defines modern gang culture.

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