The Dope Years: The Story of Latasha Harlins

School: USC – University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts

Director: Allison A. Waite

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A personal retelling of the life and death of Latasha Harlins, the forgotten spark igniting the Los Angeles uprising of 1992.


Duration: 19 min.

Country: United States of America (USA)

Language: English

Year: 2020

Genre: Documentary

Topic: African, Black, Crime, Documentary, human conduct, Human rights, Racism, Violence, Women

Cast & Crew

Director: Allison A. Waite

Producer: University of Southern California

Writer: Allison A. Waite, Menu ‘Ette Silever

Actors: Ebony Fay Shinese Harlines Ruth Harlins Naoimi McSwai Tybie O’Bard Reenactment cast: Iyanna HAlley (Latasha HArlins) Simone Baker (Tybie O’Bard) Crystal Lee (Soon Ja Du) Deborah Marcano (Mary) Thyais Walsh (Ruth Harlins) Caleb Joshua (Marc) Samuel Evans (Derrick) Nia Miranda (Angela) Destin Flood , D’Trien Flood (neighborhood twins) Antonio Waite (man with watermelons) August K. Burton Amber R. Butler Lynzie Glover Brandyn Johnson Demoni Johnson Lilan Johnson Jannessa Palmer

Festivals & Awards


First Look

KCET's Fine Cut Finalist

Bronze Lense

Student Academy Awards

Diversity at Cannes Festival


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