The Interrupters tells the moving and surprising story of three “violence interrupters” in Chicago who with bravado, humility and even humor try to protect their communities from the violence they once employed.
The Interrupters tells the moving and surprising stories of three “violence interrupters” – two men and a woman – who with bravado, humility and even humor 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 follows these individuals as they attempt to intervene in disputes before they turn violent: a family where two brothers threaten to shoot each other; an angry teenaged girl just home from prison; a young man on a warpath of a revenge. The film captures not only each interrupters’ work, but reveals their own inspired journeys from crime to hope and redemption.
Steve James and Alex Kotlowitz
Steve James is best known as the award-winning director, producer, and co-editor of Hoop Dreams, which won every major critics award as well as a Peabody and Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award in 1995. The film earned Steve the Directors Guild of America Award, The MTV Movie Awards “Best New Filmmaker” and an Oscar nomination for editing. Hoop Dreams was selected for the Library of Congress’ National Film Registry, signifying the film’s enduring importance to American film history. Steve’s other award-winning films produced with Chicago’s Kartemquin Films include Stevie, winner of major festival awards at Sundance, Amsterdam, Yamagata and Philadelphia; the PBS series, The New Americans, which won the prestigious 2004 International Documentary Association Award for Best Limited Series; At the Death House Door, which won numerous festivals and was Steve’s fourth film to be officially short-listed for the Academy Award; and No Crossover: The Trial of Allen Iverson for ESPN Films' International Documentary Association-winning series 30 for 30.
"The new film from Hoop Dreams director Steve James chronicles a daring initiative to tackle violence on the streets of Chicago. It’s as compelling as The Wire, says Michael Brooke – and it’s all true"
Sight and Sound
"A sweeping portrait of hard-knock lives that's already drawn comparisons to The Wire"
"The Interrupters earns an extra star for getting the group's members to talk so candidly about their own exploits and troubled pasts"
The Daily Mirror
"A vivid documentary about Ceasefire, an organisation that seeks to stem violence among young people in Chicago "
"This long, persevering, richly documented film sets out to argue, “Chicago hope” is not just a soap opera title"
The Financial Times
"A titanic piece of documentary filmmaking destined to have a real impact"
Little White Lies
"This incredibly powerful documentary could not be released at a more opportune moment"
Camden New Journal
"Inspirational and extremely moving, this is a gripping, powerful and important documentary that demands to be seen. Don't miss it. "