The Interrupters


Steve James


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Director Steve James
Completed 2011 Runtime 125



The Interrupters tells the moving and surprising stories of three “violence interrupters” - two men and a woman - who with bravado, humility and even humor try to protect their Chicago communities from the violence they once employed. From acclaimed director Steve James and bestselling author Alex Kotlowitz, this film is an unusually intimate journey into the stubborn, persistence of violence in our cities. Shot over the course of a year, The Interrupters follows these individuals as they attempt to intervene in disputes before they turn violent: a family where two brothers threaten to shoot each other; an angry teenaged girl just home from prison; a young man on a warpath of a revenge. The film captures not only each interrupters’ work, but reveals their own inspired journeys from crime to hope and redemption.

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The Interrupters is a heavyweight film about a heavyweight subject of clear interest well beyond the United States.

Sight & Sound

No concept in the critical lexicon has been more devalued and debased than "inspirational." The term has been so misused, it's just about lost all meaning. A film that makes that word real and vital has to be special. The Interrupters is such a film.

Los Angeles Times
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