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July 10, 2016
Brilliantly spans the complicated, insidious and even sometimes accidental embedding of racism in every facet of our society.
Harlequin68
Super Reviewer
½ July 24, 2015
"Crips and Bloods: Made in America" is an incisive inside documentary about the infamous Los Angeles gangs whose conflict over the past forty years have resulted in over 15,000 deaths. While that same early mortality prevents the filmmakers from putting together a cohesive oral history, they still find plenty of current and past gang members, some of whom have not left their own block or territory in decades, in order to get their stories.

Overall, this all began even before the founding of the gangs, going back to the migration of black families from the deep south. They found a living situation that was better than the one they left of course but also one where where their children would face police brutality which would eventually lead to the Watts Riot.(The documentary with some nostalgia refers to this as an uprising.) That would prove no matter how much violent resistance there is, the resulting crackdown will be that much worse.

At the same time, "Crips and Bloods: Made in America" relies on too much background, even rewinding back to the beginning at one late point. Also, the documentary quotes the cliche of the lack of a male role model, when it fails to take in consideration the extremely high unemployment rate amongst young black men which Bernie Sanders has just stated is around 50%.
½ February 11, 2015
Another great Peralta documentary. A tough watch, shining a little light on an important issue.
½ July 21, 2014
7/10
interesting documentation, some of the history is explained
½ November 9, 2013
Frankly, it's all the white man's fault.
October 2, 2013
Facinating and disturbing documentary about gang activity in South Central L.A. and the sad, sick merry go round it's created for itself and is a victim of.
May 25, 2013
How can a documentary about two of Americas most notrious street gangs be made and not a single mention of Stanley "Tookie" Williams is uttered? Crips and Bloods: Made in America starts off promising with some insights on how White America is mostly responsible for the creation of gangs but stops giving a history lesson about the time that the two notorious gangs are formed. The second half of the documentary felt more like a recruitment video than and actual in depth view of the hows and whys. Crips and Bloods: Made in America is interesting for the most part but really suffers from a lack of direction and insight.
May 16, 2013
Best part is the history -- how today's gangs tie in with the past. But as for the current stuff -- we already know about all these problems.
March 22, 2013
Powerful insightful stuff...
½ January 18, 2013
It is a well-made and highly informative documentary that offers and excellent big picture understanding of the issue of gangs and race. Director Stacy Peralta presents the information an interesting and more dramatic manner by jumping from the present to the past and then forward again. The narration from Forest Whitaker was bonus. It introduces the issue clearly and then moves on to an excellent historical explanation of gangs, racism, and Los Angeles' cultural climate. It then delves into the mindset and current culture of the hate filled gangs with interviews of current and former gang members. Step by step this film builds an understanding for the situation that makes you reconsider how you view these horribly misguided individuals, not that you fear them any less. It is a about how rampant poverty, drug use, violent surroundings, lack of education, along with the scars of racism has lead to the disintegration of families for the people in these communities. It is the lack of community and family structure that provides stability, love, discipline, and guidance that these people desperately need.
½ January 3, 2013
Excellent docu very informative and also entertaining! I recomend it
½ November 9, 2012
Stacy Peralta shows that he can do more than just make good skateboarding and surfing documentaries.
October 17, 2012
Amazing story telling on a subject that I've been really ignorant on. It's put together so well between the interviews, the music, the cinematography. Amazing documentary.
½ April 28, 2012
Eye opening and educational.
½ April 12, 2012
Great documentary! I like how they showed old footage how African people in California fought against white law enforcement and military which let to the birth of the Black Panthers, Crips and Bloods!
April 8, 2012
When black people shoot black people, it's definitely whities fault.
½ February 26, 2012
pretty interesting doc from a guy who's skateboard decks i used to buy in the 80s.
½ February 23, 2012
Shows u what's going on in the world around us
February 6, 2012
very eye opening on the world around
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