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Jason’s Review of East LA Interchange 2015 ★★★★

Watched Sep 30, 2020

Impassioned and entertaining documentary about the Los Angeles neighborhood of Boyle Heights. With a rich history of incredible working-class diversity, it has been dealt numerous blows over the years, including bisection by multiple freeways and tragic gang violence, but its residents remain strong and optimistic.

Numerous subjects are brought up, including immigration, class divides, "white flight," discriminatory city planning, gang violence, and gentrification, all explored with complexity. It's only 57 minutes long so it doesn't get TOO deep into anything, but it's an easy and thought-provoking watch, and the interviews (especially those with elderly residents and former residents reminiscing) are highly enjoyable.

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