If you were a fan of the nineties documentary Hoop Dreams, which followed two men and their tumultuous journey to the NBA, you’ll love The Interrupters. It’s directed by Dreams helmer Steve James and centers on a determined group of people who are trying to make a difference in their community by stopping the violence, hence the title “interrupters.” Check out the trailer…
It’s really sad to see the amount of senseless violence that goes on in this country. The numbers quoted in this trailer are staggering. This is definitely one of the must see films of the year that will serve a purpose beyond entertainment.
The Interrupters tells the moving and surprising stories of three “violence interrupters” – two men and a woman – who with bravado, humility and even humor try to protect their Chicago communities from the violence they once employed. From acclaimed director Steve James and bestselling author Alex Kotlowitz, this film is an unusually intimate journey into the stubborn, persistence of violence in our cities. Shot over the course of a year, The Interrupters follows these individuals as they attempt to intervene in disputes before they turn violent: a family where two brothers threaten to shoot each other; an angry teenage girl just home from prison; a young man on a warpath of a revenge. The film captures not only each interrupters’ work, but reveals their own inspired journeys from crime to hope and redemption.
The Interrupters Poster
The Interrupters will premiere at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival.
Are you interested in seeing The Interrupters? What do you think of the trailer?