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  • One year in the life of a city grappling with violence.

    One year in the life of a city grappling with violence.

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    Still from The Interrupters

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The Film

The Interrupters tells the stories of three "violence interrupters" who, with bravado, humility, and even humor try to protect their Chicago communities from the violence they themselves 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 two men and one woman as they attempt to intervene in disputes before they turn violent: a family where two brothers threaten to shoot each other; an angry teenaged girl just home from prison; a young man on the warpath for revenge. The film captures not only each interrupter's work, but reveals their own inspired journeys from crime to hope and redemption.

The Filmmakers

  1. Steve JamesProducer/Director
  2. Alex KotlowitzProducer
  3. Zak PiperCo-Producer