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The Interrupters tells the moving and surprising stories of three Violence Interrupters who 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 out of Kartemquin Films, The Interrupters captures a period in Chicago when it became a national symbol for the violence in our cities. During that period, the city was besieged by high-profile incidents, most notably the… More

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"Ameena Matthews, Cobe Williams and Eddie Bocanegra used to instigate Chicago street violence. Now they live for nipping it in the bud, block by treacherous block."
‑ Chris Vognar, Dallas Morning News
"There's no doubt The Interrupters do some good; but there's also no doubt the problem they're facing is enormous."
‑ Tom Long, Detroit News
"For about $1,000 every two weeks, these people try to make a concrete, palpable change in a community that fights them at every turn. What's amazing is not whether or not they're effective; what's amazing is that they even try at all."
‑ Will Leitch, Deadspin
"It's lazy critical shorthand to point out that good documentaries often feature better characterizations than even the best fiction films, but The Interrupters certainly justifies such a cliché."
‑ Jeremy Heilman,
"Much like the director's seminal doc, this is a richly-drawn slice of real life that's weaved with the finesse of a fine Hollywood drama."
‑ Shaun Munro, What Culture
"Where James's film excels is as direct experiential cinema -- without narration, onscreen interviews or acknowledgment of the presence of the camera -- it is an intensely dramatic window into a world."
‑ Liam Lacey, Globe and Mail
"Realistically inspiring and, thankfully, not overly dramatized."
‑ Stephanie Merry, Washington Post
"If the lack of progress in Chicago is upsetting, the reassurance of James' unparalleled talent is inspiring. He is not just one of the United States' most vital and humane filmmakers, but one of the world's."
‑ Simon Miraudo, Quickflix
"The cameras take us where few people dare go."
‑ James Plath, Movie Metropolis
"Present[s] a gratifyingly non-cynical take on the troubles facing the species, uplifting without being cloying."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
"A sobering but not hopeless look at how the Windy City is attempting to turn around a rising tide of street shooting, through the work of a unique group called CeaseFire."
‑ Peter Howell, Toronto Star
"The immediacy and caprice of violence in "The Interrupters'' are just as strong as in nearly every documentary I've seen about the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan."
‑ Wesley Morris, Boston Globe
"The Interrupters is a heavyweight film about a heavyweight subject of clear interest well beyond the United States."
‑ , Sight and Sound
"The revelations and examples of this positive influence seeping into the skin of the city creates enormous cinematic and community excitement."
‑ Brian Orndorf,
"Though formally conventional, it carries a powerful message about the reality of life in the inner city and the struggles of thise who live there to break the cycle of violence."
‑ Frank Swietek, One Guy's Opinion
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