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A year in the life of a city grappling with urban violence.

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The Interrupters tells the moving and surprising stories of three Violence Interrupters who 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 out of Kartemquin Films, The Interrupters captures a period in Chicago when it became a national symbol for the violence in our cities. During that period, 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 "... Written by Kartemquin Films

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Every City Needs Its Heroes

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$3,557 (USA) (5 August 2011)

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$282,448 (USA) (17 February 2012)
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The film is Steve James' sixth feature length collaboration with his long-time filmmaking home, the non-profit Chicago production studio Kartemquin Films, and is also his fifth feature to screen at the Sundance Film Festival. See more »

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Good but too long
25 November 2011 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Very interesting topic and well executed but way too long. I am sure they recorded many more stories as interesting as these that are included but the filmmaker did not include them because the film should not be too long. In my view editing should go further and cut more scenes to make it 80-90 min movie. It would make this film much stronger keeping the essence and prevent viewers from checking their watches. What we get is diluted story and sometimes boring as some scenes are redundant in their message or information. Better editing making this film much shorter would make it much more interesting without scarifying the importance of the story. Overall it is important and interesting documentary.


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