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Burn Motherf*cker, Burn!


Location: Redstone Theater

With director Sacha Jenkins in person

Presented courtesy of Showtime Networks

Dir. Sacha Jenkins. 2017, 90 mins. Digital projection. Released on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the 1992 Los Angeles riots, the new documentary Burn Motherf*cker, Burn! is an in-depth look at a watershed moment that influenced the political, social, and cultural fabric of the country. Directed by Sacha Jenkins (Fresh Dressed), the film explores the complicated relationship between the Los Angeles Police Department and the city’s black and minority communities, tracing a through-line from the 1962 ransacking of a Los Angeles Nation of Islam mosque to the 1965 Watts riots, the rise of L.A. street gangs in the 1970s and 1980s, and the Rodney King beating in 1991. A year later, on April 29, 1992, four LAPD officers were acquitted by a Simi Valley jury on charges of assault, lighting the fuse for the uprising that began that evening and continued for days. Through the backdrop of these inflection points, the conflict is seen through the lens of three generations of local residents, community organizers, artists, and influencers who lived through the uprising, illustrating the root causes and the continued struggle for social justice.

Free screening for Museum members at the Film Lover level and above. Members will receive email notification with RSVP, or may contact [email protected]. For information about becoming a member and to join online, please click here.