Latin Kings: A Street Gang Story
Downtown Community Television (DCTV) • 1h 15m
Directed by Jon Alpert • Documentary • 2003 • 75 minutes
Assembled by DCTV co-founder, award-winning documentarian Jon Alpert, LATIN KINGS: A STREET GANG STORY follows the notorious New York gang's ex-leader, Antonio "King Tone" Fernandez. Under house arrest at the time of filming, Fernandez insists that he has experienced an epiphany, and that upon his release he intends to transform his gang into a peace-loving, community activist group. His words are contrasted with the violent activities of the Latin Kings during the final years of the 20th century, as captured on police surveillance tapes. LATIN KINGS: A STREET GANG STORY is a DCTV / HBO production, originally telecast as part of HBO's America Undercover anthology, produced and directed by Jon Alpert. Executive producer, Sheila Nevins; supervising producer, Nancy Abraham.
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