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Deniz Gamze Erguven explores the tremors of the L.A. riots with 'Kings,' starring Halle Berry

Deniz Gamze Erguven explores the tremors of the L.A. riots with 'Kings,' starring Halle Berry

Contrasting images of family and home life against larger social forces is becoming an unlikely signature for filmmaker Deniz Gamze Erguven. Her debut feature, “Mustang,” nominated for an Academy Award for foreign language film in 2015, told the story of a group of sisters struggling for personal freedom, opening up to a world that was to remain closed to them.

Erguven’s latest film, “Kings,” her English-language debut, maps out similar territory: the difficulty of maintaining a healthy, balanced life at home when the outside world seems to be driving everyone apart.

“Kings” takes place against the ambitious backdrop of the 1992 L.A. Riots and opens with a dramatization of the...

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