Upsetting, uplifting, and packed with characters twice as compelling as those in even the best crime fiction,The Interrupters shines a much-needed light on America's tragic war at home. —City Pages
Director Steve James Present
Seventeen years after releasing Hoop Dreams, Oscar-nominated director Steve James lifts the veil on the conditions of Chicago's disenfranchised, this time focusing on the city’s seemingly perpetual violence, while allowing an inspiring hope for change.
A collaboration between acclaimed director James and bestselling author Alex Kotlowitz, the film follows three heroic "interrupters" who work in the anti-violence organization CeaseFire. These former gang members work to stop aggression and violence through the use of humor and humility. Continuing in the style of Direct Cinema, James' approach to the subject matter provides an authentic glimpse at the scary undertakings these individuals brave daily. The repercussions of the city’s violent cycle are presented with an unsettling casualness in this must-see documentary.
Print Source: Kartemquin Films.