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The Interrupters

(DVD - 2012 )
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
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The moving and surprising stories of three Violence Interrupters who, with bravado, humility, and even humor, try to protect their Chicago communities from the violence they once employed. Shot over the course of a year, this documentary captures a period in Chicago when it became a national symbol for the violence in America's cities.
Title: The interrupters
[videorecording]
Publisher: [Arlington, VA] : PBS Home Video, [2012]
Edition: Widescreen presentation
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (127 min.) :,sd., col. ;,4 3/4 in
Statement of Responsibility: Kartemquin Films presents ; for WGBH/Frontline, The Independent Television Services (ITVS) and BBC Storyville ; in association with Rise Films ; a film by Steve James and Alex Kotlowitz ; directed and photographed by Steve James ; produced by Alex Kotlowitz and Steve James
Notes: Inspired by a New York Times Magazine article by Alex Kotlowitz
Originally produced in 2011
Release date: Feb. 14, 2012
Number of discs, special features, and language options may vary by copy
Summary: The moving and surprising stories of three Violence Interrupters who, with bravado, humility, and even humor, try to protect their Chicago communities from the violence they once employed. Shot over the course of a year, this documentary captures a period in Chicago when it became a national symbol for the violence in America's cities.
ISBN: 9781608836345
1608836347
Branch Call Number: DVD 306.0977311 INTERRUPT
Credits: Edited by Aaron Wickenden, Steve James ; original music composed by Joshua Abrams.
Performers: Ameena Matthews, Cobe Williams, Eddie Bocanegra.
System Details: DVD, Region 1, widescreen, 5.1 surround
Other Language: Subtitled for the deaf and hard of hearing (SDH)
Subject Headings: Matthews, Ameena Williams, Cobe Bocanegra, Eddie CeaseFire (Organization : Chicago, Ill.) Violence Illinois Chicago Prevention Conflict management Illinois Chicago Community organization Illinois Chicago Gang prevention Illinois Chicago Gangs Illinois Chicago
Genre/Form: Documentary television programs
Nonfiction television programs
Video recordings for the hearing impaired
Topical Term: Violence
Conflict management
Community organization
Gang prevention
Gangs
Publisher No: FRL63007 PBS Home Video
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Sep 14, 2013
  • hcheung18 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

This is a documentary about healing communities where violent injuries and death occur on a daily basis. Although the video is quite long, it really helped me to understand the nature and spread of violence in these neighborhoods as well as the tactics used to defuse the anger and rage felt by so many that enable this cycle of violence to continue. Keep in mind that unfortunately, the director of CeaseFire who is shown in the film has since stepped down and that the organization has recently changed its name to Cure Violence.

Jun 01, 2012
  • btmslt rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

A very interesting movie about how former criminals can change and actually help society. I wish this was always the case.

May 27, 2012
  • mrsgail5756 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

A++ All the way….A must have Book in all Libraries - worth the long library wait and WORTH the cost of owing!
I would recommend this movie for all to see.

May 27, 2012
  • aaa5756 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Very well done movie I would recommend this movie for all to see. No fast forwarding on this one. A++ DVD

May 08, 2012
  • Glencoe_Mike rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

An excellent look at people from a background that is so close geographically but so far in every other way.

May 02, 2012
  • DesPlainesReaders rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

The best movie I saw last year, The Interrupters is a compelling documentary about Ceasefire, an organization founded in Chicago that seeks to stop the "transmission" of violence. Among the interrupters is Ameena Matthews, the daughter of an imprisoned, former gang leader, whose courage and devotion to the people of Englewood, particularly its young people, is inspiring. While you're waiting for the DVD, check out the book There Are No Children Here by Alex Kotlowitz, one of the film's producers. Also set in Chicago, the book chronicles the experiences of two brothers growing up in poverty and amidst violence in the now demolished Henry Horner Homes. LauraADPPL/WeAreSpartacus

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