'O.J.: Made in America' Director Edelman: "Fundamentally the Story Was Going to Be About Race" | Documentary Oscar Roundtable

"The story of O.J. always was a story about the city of Los Angeles and the black community here and the Los Angeles Police Department," said Ezra Edelman.

"What I learned very quickly is how many more things [the film] is about [other than race]," said filmmaker Ezra Edelman during The Hollywood Reporter's Documentary Oscar Roundtable regarding his work O.J.: Made in America. "It's about gender and masculinity, domestic abuse, the criminal justice system, celebrity, the media: it goes on and on."

"As much as it really does explain and encapsulate four or five decades about race in America, it also sort of really speaks to America as a whole and the interconnectedness of all these themes," Edelman told THR.

In addition to tackling these various lofty themes in his eight-hour piece, Edelman added that dealing with the subject matter involving a brutal murder and the ongoing violence between the LAPD and the African-American community of Los Angeles made it so that, "there [was] nothing about this that was fun. But you know that you are telling a history that so needs to be told."

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