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½ February 5, 2011
If you like to understand the WHY behind things, this documentary does it perfectly. Dirceted by Stacy Peralta (powell-peralta for you old skate heads) and narrated by Forest Whitaker, this film displays the time-line of events and a history of life in So Cal that led to the formation of the Bloods and the Crips. Tons of interviews and personal stories help us outsiders understand their world better. Love every minute of it.
½ January 15, 2011
Makes some out-and-out excuses for gang culture, but it does a very good job tying societal causation to inner city gang problems. Found it very interesting.
January 9, 2011
Everyone needs to see this movie. I like the way it's delivered no sugar coat no bullshit it's just real. I think alot of people need to have their eyes opened to this issue and this movie will do it. Its not a myth its not a joke its just real. People really do live this everyday. I don't agree with every point made in it but it is a VERY powerful movie. It changed the way I look at some things. Anyone who challenges or out right rejects its authenticity or relevance is purely and truly ignorant and is missing the point.
January 9, 2011
It's a really good documentary and definitely puts a spin on the topics I've never encountered in past documentaries concerning the topic. The production value is great, Forest Whitaker was a great choice on narration, and it's very well organized. I think there could've been some more to this one though, primarily factual and long term consequence. Spread was not really addressed outside of the area, for example. Ultimately, this is a doc definitely worth seeing for anyone interested in the topic.
January 9, 2011
Rather than being an exploitive "day in the life" sort of production, this powerful documentary digs deep into the real causes of gang warfare, both systematic and localized. Though the Crips and Bloods are the primary subject, the theories presented are applicable across the nation. Thankfully, "Made In America" is more than just bleak statistics and hopelessness; it suggests some practical first steps towards broader reconciliation. There is much work to be done, and it'll start when everyone in America sees this moving film. If you want a more stylized "day in the life" sort of thing, watch "Boyz N The Hood" or "Menace 2 Society." This is the real deal.
½ January 8, 2011
Interesting look at what gang life is, and how they came out of the 60's and 70's.
½ January 7, 2011
A thought-provoking film that delves deep into the gangland USA.
½ December 24, 2010
argues that street gangs are not criminal organizations but a reaction to institutionalized racism
½ December 23, 2010
A revealing documentary that makes a lot clearer why and how these gangs came to be. The only thing it was misisng i felt was more information on how the original gangs actually formed, they go into depth about the reasoning and how they must have felt to create the gangs but i would of liked to have heard more from gang members about the first members of say the Crips and what happened in the earlier years for the gangs to be opposing each other rather than fighting together. Over all though other than that i really thought it was a brilliant documentary.
½ December 10, 2010
Nicely assembled footage, with only the necessary information about Crips and Bloods; the rest is the context and social forces that created the culture for these gangs to rise and flourish.
½ December 4, 2010
great production value. the beginning is amazing. drags a bit when discussing the modern day gangs. the early history of LA and its real estate rationing is excellent
½ December 2, 2010
What a depressing documentary. Explains how the initial politicisation of the down troddeen black people in LA in the 60s turned into them shooting the fuck out of each other. If only they could have channeled their aggression towards the system things would have been so different. Excellent documentary.
November 26, 2010
Very Eye Opening And Powerful . I Highly Suggest Everyone To View This Film .
½ November 23, 2010
Very interesting. A must see for the socially conscious.
November 2, 2010
Well-made documentary by Stacy Peralta.
½ October 22, 2010
Well meaning but truthfully, exploitive and stupid poverty porn for suburban audiences looking to mythologize South LA bloody past. Has little to do with Crips and Bloods or South LA after 1992 -- offers nothing new and formally, is just Ken Burns with more gunshots.
September 27, 2010
eye opening view on a very intense,hushed topic.
August 13, 2010
I hope Stacey Peralta comes to Chicago to make an even more violent gang movie!
August 9, 2010
Very interesting history of a world I never knew much about. Not at all gruesome like I feared. I highly recommend it.
July 13, 2010
A beautiful documentary about the gangs in LA, the message is that the black people from LA didn't create the gangs but the police and the guys behind the gangs are little kids who never had a role model and enough attention of there mother. Imo a man is responsible for there own action's but the director is pointing out a scape goat.
Really well done and illustrated barbarian people in a human way. Simply loved it.
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