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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, the documentary 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 revenge. The Interrupters is an intimate journey into the stubborn, persistence of violence in American cities, and captures not only each interrupters’ work, but reveals their own inspired journeys from crime to hope and redemption.
Title: The interrupters
[videorecording (DVD)]
Publisher: [United States] : PBS Home Video, [2012]
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (125 min.) :,sd., col. ;,4 3/4 in.
Notes: Special features: 56 minutes of deleted scenes ; theatrical trailer.
Originally produced in 2011.
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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, the documentary 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 revenge. The Interrupters is an intimate journey into the stubborn, persistence of violence in American cities, and captures not only each interrupters’ work, but reveals their own inspired journeys from crime to hope and redemption.
Audience: Rated TV-MA.
Rating TV-MA.
ISBN: 1608836347
9781608836345
Statement of Responsibility: Kartemquin Films presents for WGBH/Frontline and the Independent Television Service (ITVS) in association with Rise Films ; produced by Alex Kotlowitz and Steve James ; photographed and directed by Steve James
System Details: DVD, Region 1, widescreen, 5.1 Surround.
Other Language: English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing (SDH)
Subject Headings: Gangs Illinois Chicago. Gang prevention Illinois Chicago. Community organization Illinois Chicago. Conflict management Illinois Chicago. Violence Illinois Chicago Prevention.
Genre/Form: Documentary films.
Video recordings for the hearing impaired.
Nonfiction television programs
Documentary television programs.
Topical Term: Gangs
Gang prevention
Community organization
Conflict management
Violence
Publisher No: FRL63007
FRL63007
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Comment by: DesPlainesReaders May 02, 2012

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... Read More »


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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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