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“Crips and Bloods: Made In America”
a review by Darby O’Gill

Stacy Peralta has once again showed us why he is truly one the best documentary filmmakers of our time. I’ve been skateboarding since middle school, so to say I was a fan of “Dogtown and Z-Boys” would be something of an understatement. His follow-up documentary “Riding Giants” was equally amazing. Both films gave the audience an inside look at the birth of skateboarding and surfing, with a beautiful mix of stock footage and truly amazing photographs. The passion of the subject matter in both films was not much of a surprise. After all, Peralta was one of the founding fathers of modern skateboarding, and was surfing even before that. So of course when I heard his next project was going to be a look at the infamous Los Angeles gangs the Crips and Bloods, my first thought was… Really?

Not that I didn’t think he could, it’s just not the first thing I would have guessed for his next project. But it wasn’t until watching his latest opus, that I realized the true genius that is Stacy’s documentary style. Michael Moore is a fantastic filmmaker, but his films are clearly of his opinion and view. Stacy’s films seem more like history books that bust into vibrant life on the big screen. It’s in letting these stories tell themselves that Stacy sets himself apart from all other documenarians. “Crips and Bloods: Made In America” is a testament to that. His ability to tell this story without placing blame, or taking sides, but rather just doing what he can to help, speaks to his unbelievable character. I haven’t had the pleasure of meeting Stacy Peralta, but I did have the honor of working with his brother Craig for six years, and I think it’s easy to say that they must have the greatest parents ever! The morals, the decency, the compassion, that these two men have, is truly mind-boggling. Whatever their parents did, worked. If you don’t believe me, watch “Crips and Bloods: Made In America” and see for yourself what humanity looks like.

Rating:

4 Little People

DVD Special Features:
• Interviews with Snoop Dogg & Lil Wayne
• The Making Of Crips and Bloods: Made In America
• Deleted Scenes

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