The Interrupters

The Interrupters

DVD - 2012
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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.
Publisher: [United States] : PBS Home Video, [2012]
Edition: Widescreen ed
ISBN: 9781608836345
Call Number: DVD 306.0977 INTE
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (127 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in
Alternative Title: Frontline (Television program)


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Sep 28, 2017

Originally produced in 2011, this 128-minute documentary tells the story of three violence interrupters who try to protect their Chicago communities from the violence they once employed.
It examines a year in which Chicago drew national headlines for violence and murder.
The film features the work of CeaseFire, an initiative of the Chicago Project for Violence Prevention.
Those interrupters look back on their past experiences with street violence to try to steer young men and women in the right direction.
There must be something wrong in that area of Chicago.
Instead of war on terrorism, US should spend more resources on war on poverty.

real_thing Jan 15, 2016


Corey G Brooks Dec 29, 2014

I am one that opposes big government, and I know that we as people are wicked, so with such responsibility as police officers, Military officials, and so forth and so on are granted by oath, than I assume I wouldn't care for such organizations. "I know I am frank in saying that I do not care for such organizations[, but I know that what is effective is favorable]."

Sep 14, 2013

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.

btmslt Jun 01, 2012

A very interesting movie about how former criminals can change and actually help society. I wish this was always the case.

mrsgail5756 May 27, 2012

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.

aaa5756 May 27, 2012

Very well done movie I would recommend this movie for all to see. No fast forwarding on this one. A++ DVD

Glencoe_Mike May 08, 2012

An excellent look at people from a background that is so close geographically but so far in every other way.

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 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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