*Academy Award-winner John Ridley teams up with ABC News’ Lincoln Square Productions to direct and produce a feature-length documentary, “Let It Fall: Los Angeles 1982-1992,” pegged to the 25th anniversary of the Los Angeles uprising, airing Friday, April 28 (9:00 – 11:00 p.m. EDT), on ABC.
The two-hour film explores the city-wide violence that began April 29, 1992, when the verdict was announced in the Rodney King case.
“Let It Fall” delves beyond the conflict between law enforcement and the black community to look at tensions across the city as a whole; it traces the roots of the civil unrest to a decade before the uprising. The documentary features exclusive interviews with eyewitnesses and people directly involved in the events from diverse neighborhoods across the city, including black, white, Hispanic, Korean and Japanese Americans.
Ridley, who won an Oscar for writing “12 Years a Slave,” is the creator, director and executive producer of ABC’s Emmy-winning series “American Crime.” He is currently in production in London for the limited series “Guerilla,” with Idris Elba, Freida Pinto and Babou Ceesay for ABC Signature, Showtime and Sky Atlantic.
“Let It Fall” links Ridley with a team of veteran ABC News journalists, led by executive producer Jeanmarie Condon, who has been honored for her work on documentaries and in-depth coverage of current events with multiple DuPont, Peabody, Murrow and Emmy Awards.