Director: Stacy Peralta
Year of Release: 2008
How to Watch: Netflix

Full of interviews with real gang members reflecting on their lifestyle, this doc connects the dots between slavery, the economy of the 1960s and 70s, and racist LAPD policies in order to trace the outlines of the first gangs and the eventual creation of the Bloods and the Crips. The gangbanger’s stories are interlaced with news footage and expert interviews in an attempt to provide perspective on how the 1992 riots began and why they are so important. Be warned: the last act lays the drama on thick, but in any case, the documentary provides incredible insight into how gangs were formed and why that environment is so important to the city of Los Angeles.