A Love Song For Latasha

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Film Info
Section:Documentary Shorts 2: Striking Reality
Premiere Status:Southeast Premiere
Country:United Statess
Original Language:English
Past Festival:AFI Documentary Festival
Tribeca Film Festival
Cast/Crew Info
Director:Sophia Nahli Allison
Cast:Tybie O'Bard
Shinese Harlins
Zoe Flint
Raigan Alex
Marley Cortez
Londyn Sharp
Producer:Janice Duncan
Fam Udeorji
Sophia Nahli Allison
Cinematographer:Sophia Nahli Allison
Editor:Sophia Nahli Allison


Latasha Harlins was 15-years-old when she was wrongfully killed in 1991 by Soon Ja Du at Empire Liquor in South Central Los Angeles. Du was found guilty of voluntary manslaughter but received no jail time. The death of Latasha, occurring 13 days after the brutal beating of Rodney King, was a leading catalyst for the 1992 L.A. Riots. But, for the past 28 years her life has only been examined within the context of her death. This short hybrid documentary carefully excavates, conjures, and archives memories shared by Latasha’s best friend Ty and cousin Shinese to document a more nuanced narrative of Latasha Harlins beyond her trauma. Ty and Shinese were were both 15-years-old when Latasha was killed and they’ve carried these stories deep within them, keeping them safe and sacred. By using experimental methods to reimagine what is no longer tangible from their childhood, oral history and memory converge together in a dream-like conversation to become a visceral embodiment of the past, present, and future intersecting. A Love Song For Latasha is a spiritual and physical conversation of dreams, memories, and legacy. Through an experimental and dream-like aesthetic, time is non-linear and reality is intentionally distorted throughout the film to reflect how trauma is processed amidst the necessity to cultivate a personal relationship with dreaming and collective memory. This hybrid documentary tells the story of Latasha’s fullness, providing a more intimate narrative than ever before.