Made in America
Parts of Southern Los Angeles can, for all intents and purposes, be considered a war zone. The alternately cold and warm war between the Bloods and the Crips has been going on for thirty years, over a hundred thousand people have been shot and more than fifteen thousand murdered. In MADE IN AMERICA director Stacy Peralta tells the history of this conflict and exposes the infrastructural fundament that enables it to go on. The resulting film is a brutal and shocking piece of modern-day American reality.
Stacy Peralta (b. 1957) is a former professional surfer and skateboarder and one of the original members of the legendary skateboarding team the Z-Boys. Starting out as a director of skating demo videos, he subsequently directed several TV-projects before making his feature film debut with the documentary DOGTOWN AND Z-BOYS in 2001, presented at BIFF 2002. He then made the documentary RIDING GIANTS (2004) about the origins and history of surf culture, before writing the screenplay to LORDS OF DOGTOWN (2005), a fictionalized account of the story of the Z-Boys.