With a first-person look at the notorious Crips and Bloods, this film examines the conditions that have lead to decades of devastating gang violence among young African Americans growing up in South Los Angeles.

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Stacy Peralta
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Jim Brown ... Self
Tony Muhammad Tony Muhammad ... Self (as Minister Tony Muhammad)
Kershaun Scott Kershaun Scott ... Self
Forest Whitaker ... Narrator
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With a first-person look at the notorious Crips and Bloods, this film examines the conditions that have lead to decades of devastating gang violence among young African Americans growing up in South Los Angeles.

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Documentary | Crime

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Not Rated | See all certifications »

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The Nigga Trap
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LA Film Festival Screening
28 June 2008 | by moorghenSee all my reviews

Saw the film tonight at the LA Film Festival and really enjoyed it. It provides a history of LA gang culture from a social perspective, then jumps all the way back to slavery. It's not New Jack City or a history of crack. It's the story of a marginalized community right smack in the middle of the American dream machine. Although the stories are bleak and depressing, the film is one of the most positive efforts I've seen in years. Very different from Peralta's previous docs. He even refused to answer skateboarding questions from audience members and brought a lot of the main characters up on stage to take questions from the audience. I hope this doc gets the attention it deserves.


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Official Sites:

PBS

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 January 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Gangs of L.A. See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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Opening Weekend USA:

$10,537, 25 January 2009

Gross USA:

$70,219

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$70,219
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Dolby Digital

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1.78 : 1
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