John Ridley Directs ‘Let It Fall’ About Tensions in Los Angeles

"Let It Fall: L.A. 1982-1992
A scene from Let It Fall: L.A. 1982-1992 (ABC)


Oscar winning writer of 12 Years a Slave and showrunner for ABC's award-winning American Crime, John Ridley presents the two-hour documentary, Let It Fall: L.A. 1982-1992 this weekend. With a partnership with Lincoln Square Productions, Let It Fall chronicles the uprising of Los Angeles beginning in 1982, a whole ten years before the Rodney King Riots.

Many tend to think that the L.A. riots that happened 25 years ago were a problem between just black citizens and white police officers, but there was a whole lot more going within Hispanic, Korean and Japanese communities too.

“Unlike many of us, there are some at the center of the Los Angeles uprising who cannot move on from the events of nearly 25 years ago,” says Ridley. “As we all still live with a number of the same issues that led to the uprising, they still live with a single event. What those individuals recall, and what they survived, urgently needs to be expressed.”

Ridley is collaborating with a team of veteran ABC News journalists, led by executive producer Jeanmarie Condon, who has won multiple DuPont, Peabody, Murrow and Emmy Awards for documentaries and in-depth coverage of current events.

“With many of the films I’ve been a part of, I’ve been blessed with the opportunity to take the past and make it present,” says John Ridley. “For me, the documentary space is about allowing people who have lived history to tell their stories in their voices.”

“John is committed to seeing the humanity in everyone on all sides of this story,” says Condon. “He has a unique way of looking at questions of race and class and conscience. We are all so humbled that the participants have entrusted us with their most personal and emotional memories of this time.”

Let it Rall: L.A. 1982-1992 airs Friday, April 28 at 9:00 p.m. on ABC.

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