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Studio PBS
SKU 227129490
UPC 841887016377
UPC 14 00841887016377
Format DVD
Release Date 2/14/2012
Social Issues
Editors Note
Note Award-winning filmmaker Steve James delivers another powerful look at life in urban America with this documentary. As gang violence became more common (and deadly) in the city of Chicago, social workers, activists, and educators founded a group called CeaseFire in 2000 to help curb the tide of aggression. CeaseFire's counselors work with at-risk youth in communities heavily impacted by violence to teach them that there are better ways to resolve personal conflicts than with guns, believing that the biggest problem isn't gangs but the notion of violent retribution so deeply ingrained in their culture. Many of CeaseFire's volunteers have backgrounds in youth gangs and understand all too well the lives of the people they work with, and in THE INTERRUPTERS James spends a year following a handful of CeaseFire activists as they try to educate teenagers about the true consequences of gun violence one person at a time, sometimes with immediate success, sometimes with frustrating results. THE INTERRUPTERS received its world premiere at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival.
Box Office 3 stars out of 5 -- "James keeps viewer attention the whole time....It's hard to deny the narrative pull of this film, which is mostly worthy of the seriousness of the problem." 07/28/2011
New York Times "[A] hard wallop of a documentary....Directed and shot by Steve James, best known for HOOP DREAMS, THE INTERRUPTERS takes a look at a gutsy, activist component of the Chicago Project for Violence Prevention." 07/29/2011
A.V. Club "[P]owerful....If there's one lesson to be learned from violence interrupters, it's that their work is never done." 07/28/2011
Chicago Sun-Times 4 stars out of 4 -- "James' film, mighty and heart-wrenching, follows members of CeaseFire, tough negotiators who monitor gang activity in their neighborhoods..." 08/10/2011
Los Angeles Times "[A] surprisingly moving documentary collaboration between producer-director Steve James and producer Alex Kotlowitz. THE INTERRUPTERS paradoxically succeeds because it refuses to soften reality." 08/26/2011
Total Film 4 stars out of 5 -- "The result is knuckle-biting reportage, incisive on both the causes and consequences of violence." 09/01/2011
Entertainment Weekly "Once again, James' trustworthy work demonstrates the power of paying attention." -- Grade: A- 08/12/2011
Sight and Sound "THE INTERRUPTERS is a heavyweight film about a heavyweight subject of clear interest well beyond the United States." 09/01/2011
Cast & Crew
Steve James - Director of Photography
Josh Abrams - Composer
Linda Cohen - Music Director
Raney Aronson-Rath - Series Producer
Eddie Bocanegra - Host
Ameena Matthews - Host
Ricardo Williams - Host
Tio Hardiman - Host
Gary Slutkin - Host
Steve James - Director
Technical Info
Original Release Date 2011
UPC 00841887016377
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 125 minutes
Color (unknown/unconverted)
Product Attributes
Video Format DVD

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