As part of its celebration of Black History Month, Showtime will debut original film Crown Heights Monday, Feb. 16 at 9 p.m. (EST/PST).
The Showtime Original Pictures production, starring Mario Van Peebles and Howie Mandel, centers on the August 1991 race riots in the Crown Heights section of Brooklyn, where long-simmering tensions erupted after an African-American child was killed in a car accident.
Crown Heights dramatizes how two community leaders strove to create dialog and foster understanding between the Jewish and African-American residents of that community. To that end, two boys form a rap group and build a friendship that sets an example for their parents and peers.
The film -- which also features Jeremy Blackman and DeQuan Henderson -- was produced and directed by Jeremy Kagan (The Chosen, The West Wing, The Journey of Natty Gann and Showtime Original Pictures Roswell, Color of Justice and Bobbie's Girl) from a story by Michael D'Antonio and a teleplay by Toni Ann Johnson (The Courage to Love, Ruby Bridges).