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Uprising: Hip Hop & The LA Riots


20 years after riots ripped through Los Angeles, "Uprising" documents how hip hop forecasted – and some say ignited – the worst civil unrest of the 20th century. The film revisits the riots in gripping detail and draws from a diverse collection of voices – the rappers, rioters, victims, police officers, journalists and everyday citizens of South Central Los Angeles. The documentary traces the rise of dissent in Los Angeles in the 80's and 90's and explores why citizens chose to rise up violently against police abuse and perceived injustices.


Director(s): Mark Ford

Executive Producer(s): Mark Ford, Kevin Lopez

Producer(s): Wesley Jones

Screenwriter(s): Mark Ford

Cinematographer: Robert Benavides, Scott Marshall, Jeffrey NIchols

Editor(s): Martin Cutler, Parris Patton

Sound Designer: Ken Dahlinger

Additional Credits: Narrator: Snoop Dogg, Associate Producer: Ken Sharp, Executive Producer: Brad Abramson, Stephen Mintz, Shelly Tatro

Director Bio


Mark Ford is a writer/director from Los Angeles. He started his career at CNN and has produced more than a hundred hours of television though his company, Creature FIlms. Credits include VH1's "Behind the Music" and MTV's "Laguna Beach." He has directed documentaries about NWA, Notorious BIG, and Aerosmith, among others.


Distributor: VH1

Sales Agent: Brad Abramson

Public Film Contact

Mark Ford
Creature Films
310 452 8400
2656 29th St suite 202
Santa Monica


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