@ 7:30 PM
September 08, 2011
@ 7:30 PM
On Thursday the 8th of September the showing will be followed by a Q+A panel with anti-gang community leaders including:
David Gillkey of the Urban League of Kansas
Micheal Tyson of the Wichita Gang Coalition
Gordon Basham of the Wichita Crime Commission
and members of Wichita
Official Selection, Sundance Film Festival, 2011
Special Jury Award, Full Frame Film Festival, 2011
Audience Award for Best Documentary, Philadelphia Cinefest, 2011
Best Documentary Award, Miami International Film Festival, 2011
Best Documentary Award, Minneapolis Film Festival, 2011
True Life Fund Winner, True/False Film Festival, 2011
Official Selection, South by Southwest Film Festival, 2011
From the filmmakers of “Hoop Dreams”, THE INTERRUPTERS tells the moving and surprising story of three dedicated individuals who try to protect their Chicago communities from the violence they, themselves once employed. These “violence interrupters” (their job title) – who have credibility on the street because of their own personal histories – intervene in conflicts before the incidents explode into violence. Their work and their insights are informed by their own journeys, which, as each of them point out, defy easy characterization.
Shot over the course of a year, THE INTERRUPTERS captures a period in Chicago when it became a national symbol for the violence in our cities. THE INTERRUPTERS follows Ameena, Cobe and Eddie as they go about their work, and while doing so reveals their own inspired journeys of hope and redemption.
THE INTERRUPTERS is an unusually intimate journey into the stubborn persistence of violence in our cities.