The Interrupters

From Steve James, the acclaimed director of Hoop Dreams , comes this powerful documentary exploring gang violence in America. Shot in Chicago over the course of a year, The Interrupters captures a period when the city was besieged by high-profile incidents, most notably the brutal beating of Derrion Albert, a Chicago High School student, whose death was caught on videotape. The film’s main subjects work for an innovative organization, CeaseFire, which believes that the spread of violence mimics the spread of infectious diseases, and so the treatment should be similar: go after the most infected, and stop the infection at its source. The singular mission of the “Violence Interrupters” — who have credibility on the streets because of their own personal histories — is to intervene in conflicts before they explode into violence



Friday, September 9