Film and Television

What Is a Western? Film Series: Boyz n the Hood (1991)

Part of the series What is a Western? Film Series

Saturday, April 30, 2022, 1:30 p.m.

The Autry in Griffith Park

Free for Members | Included With Museum Admission
Reservations Recommended | Space Is Limited

About the Event

Screened in 35mm! Set in South Central, Los Angeles, CA in the 1990s, director John Singleton’s groundbreaking feature film, Boyz n the Hood, broke the cinematic mold when he portrayed the reality of the lives of Black youth in America’s urban centers—especially in the American West. Featuring many breakout performances, the film humanized South Los Angeles despite the reality of structural barriers that surrounded it toward the end of the 20th century. Commemorating its 31st anniversary, Boyz n the Hood remains a stalwart and an essential contribution to the canon of American Cinema.

Introduced by Tyree Boyd-Pates, Associate Curator at the Autry 

Directed by John Singleton | Starring Cuba Gooding Jr., Laurence Fishburne, and Ice Cube
Written by John Singleton
Rated R

The What is a Western? Film Series explores the wide range of movies that can be considered Westerns, and the ways in which they shape our understanding of the American West. Each screening includes a guest lecturer who will introduce the film and explain its significance in the genre.