The Interrupters (2011) More than 15 years after his groundbreaking Hoop Dreams , documentary filmmaker Steve James returns to Chicago with journalist Alex Kotlowitz to give the overwhelming… 2011-07-29 PT125M Documentary The Cinema Guild
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The Interrupters (2011)

STREET CRED Ameena Matthews in The Interrupters
Image credit: Courtesy of Kartemquin Films.
STREET CRED Ameena Matthews in The Interrupters
EW's GRADE
A-

Details Limited Release: Jul 29, 2011; Length: 125 Minutes; Genre: Documentary; Distributor: The Cinema Guild

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–

Originally posted Aug 03, 2011 Published in issue #1167 Aug 12, 2011 Order article reprints