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The Interrupters

United States 2011, 125 min, English, Hebrew & English subtitles

The murderous violence in Chicago’s poor neighborhoods escalates, but a revolutionary social project manages to intervene in the thick of conflicts to prevent the next flare-up. Esteemed director Steve James’s (Hoop Dreams, 1994) film follows three protagonists with violent pasts who channel their street smarts towards preventing violence through direct intervention in the community. The fragile tension of the streets is revealed through the work of the Interrupters, based on their own experience combined with psychological techniques. Looking at the harsh reality of drugs, poverty and frustration, the film demonstrates that personal intervention can bring hope for change.

The Interrupters website

Director & Cinematography: Steve James
Production: Steve James, Alex Kotlowitz, Zak Piper
Production Company: Kartemquin Films
Editing: Steve James, Aaron Wickenden
Music: Joshua Abrams
Print Source: Zak Piper (zak@kartemquin.com)Director CV
  • Thu 10/5 17:15, Cinemateque 4
  • Fri 11/5 19:30, Cinemateque 3
Steve James is an American film producer and director of several documentaries, including the award-winning Hoop Dreams and Stevie. He is also the director of the 1997 feature film Prefontaine. His newest film, The Interrupters, a portrayal of a year inside the lives of former gang members in Chicago, who now intervene in violent conflicts, was released in January 2011, after premiering at the Sundance Film Festival. The film is his sixth feature length collaboration with his long-time filmmaking home, the non-profit Chicago production studio Kartemquin Films, and is also his fifth feature to be accepted into the Sundance Film Festival.

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