Courtesy of Kartemquin Films.
Lisa Schwarzbaum
August 02, 2011 AT 04:00 AM EDT

The Interrupters

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
runtime
125 minutes
Limited Release Date
07/29/11
director
Steve James
distributor
The Cinema Guild
genre
Documentary

We gave it an A-

More than 15 years after his groundbreaking Hoop Dreams, documentary filmmaker Steve James returns to Chicago with journalist Alex Kotlowitz to give the overwhelming problem of epidemic violence in American inner cities a vividly human face. The two men and one woman featured in this powerful, patient, vital film are ”violence interrupters” whose mission it is to step into heated situations and deter violence before it begins; their unmatchable cred lies in their own pasts on the same streets as ex-cons and gang members. Once again, James’ trustworthy work demonstrates the power of paying attention. A?

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