The Dope Years: The Story of Latasha Harlins

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

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 Identity, Crime, Documentary, Human Conduct, Human Rights, Racism, Violence, Women

Cast & Crew

Director: Allison A. Waite

Production company: University of Southern California

Writer: Allison A. Waite, Menu ‘Ette Silever

Cinematographer: Kevin Caulfield

Editor: Fatima AlFulaij , Irakli Jgenti

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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