Show of the week: Independent Lens: Crips and Bloods, Made in America
<em>Independent Lens</em> focuses on the Crips and the Bloods, the street gangs in South Central L.A. whose bloody feud has taken 15,000 lives in the past 20 years.

For the past 40 years, South Central L.A. has been the nexus of a bloody feud between street gangs the Crips and the Bloods. The conflict’s roots are in the 1950s, when young African-American men, excluded from such organizations as the Boy Scouts, formed their own clubs. But societal and economic factors fostered the escalation of a civil war that has taken 15,000 lives in the past 20 years. Director Stacy Peralta brings the same dynamic style that he forged in his skateboarding documentary Dogtown and Z-Boys to the subject, blending often shocking archival footage with interviews to etch a graphic portrait of tragic, self-perpetuating violence. Tuesday, May 12, at 10 p.m., PBS; check local listings



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