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DVD Review - The Interrupters (2011)

5 December 2011 7:19 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

The Interrupters, 2011.

Directed by Steve James.

Starring Eddie Bocanegra, Tio Hardiman, Ameena Matthews, Gary Slutkin and Ricardo "Cobe" Williams.


A documentary on three violence interrupters who try to protect their Chicago communities from the violence they once employed.

Chicago has had a long history of crime. From the early 20th Century days of Al Capone to the current gang problems in the city. Just like any other major city in America, gang violence is a major concern to the community. So much so, that some ex members of the gangs have vowed to try and stop the violence once and for all. The Chicago based organization known as Ceasefire has a goal to stop the gang violence completely by interrupting potentially violent situations, that could results in shootings and killings.

The 2011 documentary film, The Interrupters, shows the harsh reality of the streets of Chicago. We are introduced to some »

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The Interrupters – Sliff Review

12 November 2011 10:00 AM, PST | | See recent news »

The Interrupters was originally reviewed on September 9th, 2011.

Every day thousands of people across the nation grit their teeth in frustration while reading the daily papers and weekly news magazines. Many more clench their fists against their armchairs while watching local TV news broadcasts. It seems the country (or, state or home city) is going to “Hell in a hand basket!. But not part of the government-what can they do? Film maker Steve James (Hoop Dreams) and author/producer Alex Kottlowitz addresses this dilemma in the powerful new documentary The Interrrupters. the individuals profiled here, armed only with their wits and a cell phone, may be the most heroic action stars that you.ll see in the cinemas this year.

The Interrupters documents the effort of an organization called CeaseFire to stem the rising tide of the youth violence (particularly in the south side of Chicago). As the title suggests these people, »

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Review: The Interrupters

30 September 2011 7:30 AM, PDT | Slackerwood | See recent Slackerwood news »

Violence is an infectious disease, epidemiologist Gary Slutkin tells us early in The Interrupters. Using a disease control model that curtail epidemics by disrupting their spread, CeaseFire employs "violence interrupters" (their actual job title) in various Chicago communities. The interrupters themselves are all too familiar with the consequences of violence, and coupling street cred and relationship building they help stop escalating tensions with the goal of reducing violence on all levels.

Director Steve James follows three of the interrupters over the course of a year as they cajole, counsel and educate the communities they serve, offering alternatives that have significantly decreased violence. Unsurprisingly, it's not an easy job, but the interrupters aren't trying to apply a dressing to an open wound any more than they are sanctimonious do-gooders. Each one, whether profiled or not, has learned consequences of a violent lifestyle in the neighborhoods they serve, giving them common ground. »

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