The New Los Angeles paints a portrait of an extraordinary city poised to reframe America’s dialogue about urban political and economic change. This powerful documentary takes the viewer on a journey from the bitterly fought, racially driven elections that brought Mayor Tom Bradley to power in 1973, to the historic 2005 election of LA’s first Latino mayor in more than 130 years, Antonio Villaraigosa. Along the way, The New Los Angeles examines how race, labor, and immigration have shaped and reshaped the city’s political life and landscape.

This is a story about forging coalitions, nurturing inclusion, seeding innovation, salvaging identity and building community –messages that will resonate throughout America and the world.

2006 National Primetime PBS Broadcast
California and the American Dream Series



  • Produced and Directed by: Lyn Goldfarb
  • Associate Producer: Alison Sotomayor
  • Director of Photography: Sandra Chandler
  • Editors: Gail Yasunaga, William Haugse A.C.E.
  • Composer: Miriam Cutler
  • Narrator: Linda Hunt
  • Executive Producers: Lyn Goldfarb, Jed Riffe, Paul Espinosa
  • Executive Producer for ITVS: Sally Jo Fifer

Major funding was provided by PBS, The Ford Foundation, ITVS, Native American Public Telecommunications, Skirball Foundation, Latino Public Broadcasting, Center for Asian American Media, The Rockefeller Foundation and California Council for the Humanities California Documentary Project.



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Selected Reviews

“The New Los Angeles is for people in search of a wake up call..with its gritty portrayal of urban diversity, the film reminds us of the true meaning of reality TV.”

Los Angeles Times, April 21, 2006

“The New Los Angeles…a tremendously rich and detailed look at the way immigration and organized labor have changed the city over the past four decades into ‘an Ellis Island of the 21st century’….if you can’t be in front of your TV at airtime, TIVO it, tape it or bribe a bartender to tune his TV to it…I was completely riveted.”, April 20, 2006

Festivals & Awards

  • CINE Golden Eagle
  • Nominee, Imagen Awards
  • Nosotros American Latino Film Festival
  • Pan African Film Festival
  • San Francisco Laborfest
  • Oakland International Film Festival
  • Big Muddy Film Festival
  • San Fernando Valley International Film Festival
  • Other Venice Film Festival
  • LaFemme Film Festival
  • Miami Women’s International Film Festival
  • San Diego Latino Film Festival
  • Festival Internacional de Cine de Monterrey
  • Aluta International Film Festival

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