SIETAR Kansai September 2017 Documentary film: Clash of Colors–LA Riots of 1992

SIETAR Kansai September 2017


Documentary film: Clash of Colors–LA Riots of 1992

Speaker:             Mr. Chanyu Ko, documentary writer

Date:                   September 24, 2017 (Sun.)

Time:                   *15:30-18:00 (Note: change from the usual time)

Venue:   Takatsuki Sogo Shimin Koryu Center

(one minute from JR Takatsuki Station) Tel. 0726-85-3721高槻市立会館総合市民交流センター/@34.852047,135.6169948,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x600102b7d17be1f7:0x46cb9c0e511c312d!8m2!3d34.852047!4d135.6191835

   Fee:          Free for members and students; 500 yen for non-members

Language:     Film—English with Japanese subtitles; Speaker–Japanese with English translation as needed

Social event:  We will have a meal after the session at a nearby restaurant.

                        Reservations are required by Wed., September 20.




About the film: On April 29, 1992, the Los Angeles riots started in South Central Los Angeles.  The riots were caused by the acquittal of four police officers on trial in the beating of Rodney King. The catastrophe claimed 55 deaths, caused more than 4,000 injuries, and cost $1 billion in property damage. LA Koreatown, the biggest Korea town in the world, was damaged severely in the riots. David D. Kim produced the film focusing on Koreatown of Los Angeles. The film, “Clash of Colors” offers unprecedented access into the most overlooked history of the riots through valuable footage and in-depth interviews from a balanced panel. (The film is 81 minutes and was released in 2012.)


About the speaker: Mr. Chanyu Ko is a documentary writer, and he visited Korea town in Los Angeles in 1991, 1992 and 2011 in order to do research. He published the book entitled, “Korea Towns in the US” in 1992. Mr. Ko received permission from Mr. Kim, the producer. Mr. Ko will talk about the background of the LA riots before the film and answer audience questions after the film.