Detroit Film Theatre
Friday, September 16, 2011 – Sunday, September 18, 2011
(USA/2011—directed by Steve James)
From Steve James, the acclaimed director of Hoop Dreams, and Alex Kotlowitz, author of There Are No Children Here (selected by the New York Public Library as one of the 150 most important books of the century), The Interrupters is an epic documentary work exploring violence in America. An intimate journey into the persistence of violence in our cities, The Interrupters tells the stories of three “Violence Interrupters” who try to protect their communities from the violence they once engaged in. Shot over a year, The Interrupters captures a period in Chicago during which the city was besieged by high-profile incidents, most notably the beating of a Chicago High School student, whose death was caught on videotape. The film’s main subjects work for an innovative organization which believes that the spread of violence mimics the spread of infectious diseases, and so the treatment should be similar: stop the infection at its source. This groundbreaking film follows its subjects as they go about their work, revealing their own inspired journeys of hope and redemption – attempting to make sense of “the madness.” (125 min.)
“Critics’ Pick! Fascinatingly complex and absorbing... Mr. James has put a face to a raging epidemic and an unforgivable American tragedy.” –Manohla Dargis, The New York Times
“Stunning. Every second is riveting.” –Filmmaker Magazine
Sunday, September 18 at 2:00 p.m.