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The Interrupters

(DVD - 2012 )
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
The Interrupters


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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: [United States] :, PBS Home Video,, [2012]
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (127 min.) :,sd., col. ;,4 3/4 in.
Notes: Originally produced in 2011.
Release date: Feb. 14, 2012.
True/False Film Fest entry, 2011.
True/False Film Festival.
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.
Local Note: 1 3
Additional Contributors: James, Steve - 1955-
Kotlowitz, Alex
PBS Home Video
ISBN: 9781608836345
1608836347
Branch Call Number: DVD 306.0977 INT
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Report This 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.

Report This 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.

Report This 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.

Report This 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

Report This 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.

Report This 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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