Watts Up? Screening at NPHM

Join us on February 24 at 2 PM at the National Public Housing Museum offices for a viewing of the Watts Up?, a special 25-minute documentary produced at the Watts Arts Tower by community members from Imperial Courts, Jordan Downs and Nickerson Gardens in Los Angeles. The documentary focuses on the one year anniversary of the 1992 Watts Truce between the Crips and Bloods and the impacts it had on the community. The truce was declared in the days leading up to the the 1992 Los Angeles Riots and has been frequently been considered to be a major component of the decline of street violence in the city in the years and decades afterwards.

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In a video production class led by Nancy Buchanan and the late Michael Zinzun, Watts Arts Tower residents were taught how to shoot and edit video, and produced Watt’s Up that reviewed the impact of the gang truce after it had been in effect for one year, as well as looking at the systematic issues that allowed for the disenfranchisement of their communities.