Taking place in Los Angeles in 1991, 15-year-old Latasha Harlins was a smart, ambitious girl who loved basketball, earned straight A's at school, and wanted to be a lawyer and business owner. Tragically, she was killed on the morning of March 16, 1991 from a fatal gunshot wound to the head, after being accused of trying to steal a $1.79 bottle of orange juice.
Security camera footage, and witnesses of Harlin's murder, proved that Harlin had made no attempt to steal the orange juice, and had approached the counter with two dollars in her hand to pay for it when she was attacked by the store owner. No justice was served for Harlin's murder and the event was a major contributing factor in the 1992 Los Angeles riots.
While the documentary does discuss Harlins' death, A Love Song for Latasha mainly follows her life. The film offers a heartbreaking portrait of a beautiful soul, painted by those who loved her.
Check out the trailer below to hear more about her story.
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Who Made A Love Song For Latasha?
The documentary was created by director and Los Angeles native Sophia Nahli Allison, who told Esquire, "I wanted to rebuild this history and this archive for Harlins', because there are a lot of L.A. natives that still don’t really know who she is."
And in order to do so, Allison enlisted Harlins' cousin Shinese Harlins and best friend Tybie O’Bard, who narrate the film with their memories of Latasha Harlins.
Where To Watch A Love Song For Latasha In Australia
Interested? You can watch A Love Song For Latasha on Netflix in Australia.