DFT @ Home | 17 Blocks
(USA/2019—directed by Davy Rothbart)
In 1999, filmmaker Davy Rothbart met Emmanuel Sanford-Durant and his older brother, Smurf, during a pickup basketball game in Southeast Washington, D.C. Davy began filming their lives, and soon the two brothers and other family members began to use the camera themselves. Continuing to film over a 20-year span, their story illuminates a national, ongoing crisis through one family's raw, stirring and deeply personal saga.
Thoughtfully and brilliantly edited from more than 1,000 hours of footage into an engrossing, 96-minute documentary, it all starts on the street where they lived in 1999, just 17 blocks behind the United States Capitol. Winner, Best Documentary Feature, Nashville Film Festival; Winner, Audience Award and Jury Prize, Telluride Mountainfilm; Winner, Best Documentary, São Paulo International Film Festival. (96 minutes)
"An essential film about race and class in America. A documentary with cinema verité sensibilities and no qualms whatsoever about the honest presentation of its subjects, 17 Blocks is both heartbreaking and inspiring." - Warren Cantrell, The Playlist
“An absolutely devastating, powerful, and deeply moving film.” -Tim Cogshell, NPR Los Angeles
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