Racial differences between the citizens of the United States turn out to be one of the most commonly discussed topics globally. Despite the intention to follow justice and mutual respect, several questions continue emerging. Clash of Colors, directed by David D. Kim in 2012, is a documented movie that releases the idea of the 20-year-old events in Los Angeles from the Korean point of view. This film describes such urgent topics as business restructuring, racial tensions, economic recession, and political changes in one of the most segregated cities, Los Angeles. Clash of Colors is not only a story of immigrants, their expectations, and challenges, but a contribution to a better understanding of Korean-American relationships built based on the LA riots of 1992.
The chosen movie’s runtime is 81 minutes, during which the director manages to cover a variety of social aspects in the United States. Starting from the description of global economic and political changes, Kim focuses on human and financial losses (55 deaths and about $1 billion). This film shows how and why the first Koreans moved to the United States for the first time. This nation was well educated, and their knowledge helped them look beyond the existing borders and resources (Kim). Koreans were ready to work hard (24/7) and prove their rights in a new country. However, the achievements and intentions of Black Americans could not be neglected because Los Angeles was the home for many immigrants from different countries. As a result, the conflict between Koreans and Blacks was a question of time, neglecting multiple attempts to find a balance in these affairs.
Clash of Colors introduces the American Dream from a new perspective when immigrants had to prove their rights, freedoms, and possibilities not to local white citizens but to the minorities that expected similar outcomes. Racial tensions are hardly over in the United States, and Kim’s movie proves the existence of the current problems in a post-racial America by discussing people’s reactions to cruel videos, business collapses, and other barriers in human relationships.
Kim, David D., director. Clash of Colors. DDK Productions, 2012.