The Interrupters (2011) | dir. by Steve James (Hoop Dreams)
Synopsis: Shot over the course of a year, this award-winning documentarytells the moving stories of three CeaseFire Chicago “Violence Interrupters”— who have credibility on the streets because of their own personal histories — intervening in conflicts before they explode into violence.
These Interrupters include Ameena Matthews (former drug ring enforcer and daughter of Chicago’s notorious gang leader Jeff Forts), Cobe Williams (spent three stints in prison for drug related charges and attempted murder), and Eddie Bocanegra (spent 14 years in prison for a murder he committed when he was 17).
CeaseFire was founded in 1995 by an epidemiologist, Gary Slutkin, who believes that the spread of violence mimics the spread of infectious diseases, and so the treatment should be similar: go after the most infected, and stop the infection at its source. One of the cornerstones of the organization is the “Violence Interrupters” program, created by Tio Hardiman, who heads the program.
Duration: 2hr. 5min.
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