KAFFLA will be presenting a special program marking the 20th anniversary of the 1992 L.A. riots. The riots or “429” (“Sa-I-gu”) a Korean nomenclature denominated for the date of the riots, is the single most devastating event for the Korean American community and is widely considered a “rebirth” of Korean American identity and leadership. KAFFLA will present films by new voices from the Korean American community, the second generation, including those whose parents’ businesses suffered in the riots.
Twenty years ago, the not guilty verdicts in the trial of the police officers accused of beating Rodney King sparked rampant looting, violence and arson that would claim 55 lives, leave thousands injured, and result in more than $1 billion in property damage. David D. Kim’s documentary Clash of Colors: L.A. Riots of 1992 provides a snapshot of that darkly seminal American event, filtered through the lens of an element not often discussed — the riot’s impact on the Korean-American community, whose businesses bore the brunt of more than half of that damage.
Clash of Colors: L.A. Riots of 1992 will be screened along with LA Riots: Reflections On Our Future, Pokdong, LAR20, and I Got My Mind Made Up as part of the Korean American Film Festival LA on August 11th @ 4:00PM. For more information about the screening visit their website: KAFFLA