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L.A. Rebellion

A guide to UCLA Library resources related to the L.A. Rebellion film movement, including books, articles, moving images, and more.


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L.A. Rebellion

Image of Ashes and Embers film still

Ashes & Embers (1982)

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Image from Killer of Sheep film still

Killer of Sheep (1977)

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Image from Several Friends film still

Several Friends (1969)

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Red background poster, with an X in the middle, featuring images from L.A. Rebellion films. Title is Artbound: L.A. Rebellion.

L.A. Rebellion: A Cinematic Movement (KCET Artbound)

Episode 3, season 14 (2023) of the KCET series Artbound

"Following the Watts Uprising, UCLA’s School of Theater, Film and Television enacted affirmative action policies to increase enrollment of students of color in its film program—a group historically underrepresented in the student population. The “ethno-communications” initiative to recruit students from Black, Asian, Chicano and Native American communities became a movement known as 'LA Rebellion.'"

See also: Artbound Episode 5, season 14:
Angel City Press: L.A. through the Pages (featuring filmmaker Ben Caldwell)

L.A. Rebellion

The L.A. Rebellion was a Black cinema movement led by African and African American filmmakers who studied at UCLA from the late-1960s to the late-1980s. 

This guide was originally created in Fall 2020 by Library Student Research Assistant Stefanie Williams, an MLIS student in UCLA's Graduate School of Education & Information Studies. Content on oral histories and film & video provided by UCLA Film & Television Archive staff.

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