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School Bd/College/University DVD: $325
3yr Streaming: $395


Grade Level: SrH-Adult
Producer: Bullfrog Films
Closed Captioned: Yes
Running Time: 83 mins
Country of Origin: United States
Study Guide: No

Copyright Date: 2007
Available in French: No

With its unprecedented access into the worlds of active gangs, Crips and Bloods: Made in America offers a compelling, character-driven documentary narrative which chronicles the decades-long cycle of destruction and despair that defines modern gang culture.

From the genesis of LA's gang culture to the shocking, war-zone reality of daily life in the South L.A., the film chronicles the rise of the Crips and Bloods, tracing the origins of their bloody four-decades long feud. Contemporary and former gang members offer their street-level testimony that provides the film with a stark portrait of modern-day gang life: the turf wars and territorialism, the inter-gang hierarchy and family structure, the rules of behavior, the culture of guns, death and dishonor.

Throughout the film ex-gang members, gang intervention experts, writers, activists and academics analyze many of the issues that contribute to South LA's malaise: the erosion of identity that fuels the self-perpetuating legacy of black self-hatred, the disappearance of the African-American father and an almost pervasive prison culture in which today one out of every four black men will be imprisoned at some point in his life.

Finally the gang members themselves articulate their enduring dream of a better life. They provide Crips and Bloods: Made in America with its ultimate statement: a message of hope and a cautionary tale of redemption aimed at saving the lives of a new generation of kids, not just in South LA but anywhere in the world that gang violence exists.

DVD VERSION: includes The Making of Crips and Bloods (27 mins) + 7 short films:
Slavery, Conditioning, The Penal System, Thoughts on Fatherhood, Thoughts on Shame and Self-Hatred,
Thoughts on Violence, Gangsta Rap and the Spread of Gangs (37 mins total),
plus Scene Selection and SDH Captions.

"I could not pull myself away from Stacy Peralta's riveting, revelatory, exhaustive examination of the 40-year history of gang warfare in South Central L.A."
- Rob Salem, The Toronto Star

Awards: Short-Listed for Best Documentary Feature, Academy Awards®

Screened at:
  • Sundance Film Festival
  • National PBS Broadcast on "Independent Lens"
  • Los Angeles Film Festival
  • Deauville Film Festival
  • Bergen Film Festival
  • Oslo Film Festival
  • Torino Film Festival
  • Jackson Hole Film Festival