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The Interrupters (2011)The Interrupters (2011)

The Interrupters (2011)

Documentary

6.9

movie

United States of America

English

Inspiring, Raw

2011

Steve James

Amanda Palmer, Ameena Matthews, Peter Ho-Sun Chan

125 min

Synopsis

The Interrupters tells the moving and surprising stories of three Violence Interrupters — former gang members who try to protect their Chicago communities from the violence they once caused.

Our Take

6.9
Tara Goe

This documentary is about a unique program in Chicago called CeaseFire whose sole aim is to stop violent deaths in poor urban areas. CeaseFire is staffed by ex-gang members and ex-convicts who try to intervene in conflicts in their community, particularly those that may escalate into extreme violence or death. In these neighborhoods though, violent conflict can result from something as minor as someone making a funky comment about someone else’s shoes. This makes total success for a project like CeaseFire nearly impossible. It is not a totally depressing film though as the program and its practitioners are all pretty amazing, and director Steve James (who made Hoop Dreams) has unparalleled access to these struggling communities.

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