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Rated NR · 125 minutes · 2011
The latest documentary from director Steve James, director of Hoop Dreams, focuses on violent neighborhoods in Chicago, and the work of a select few people who are trying to halt that violence. James has a steady hand when it comes to his documentaries, and this might be his best since Hoop Dreams. He covers one year in the life of “interrupters,” people who try to convince young people to choose other means than violence to solve their problems. While the state of affairs depicted in the film is quite terrible, James’ film retains a level of hope at its core. One of the year’s best documentaries.
Director: Steve James
Producer: Teddy Leifer, Justine Nagan, Gordon Quinn and Paul Taylor

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Portland Mercury Tough Shot The Interrupters documents the entrenched, deadly violence of Chicago's teens. by Sarah Mirk 08/25/2011
East Bay Express The Interrupters How to defuse real-life street violence. by Kelly Vance 08/31/2011
Chicago Reader Movie Review: The Interrupters Filmmaker Steve James and author Alex Kotlowitz team up for a documentary about short-circuiting street violence by Andrea Gronvall 08/11/2011
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Chicago Reader Can the virus of violence be filmed? A gang crimes cop points out what The Interrupters missed by Michael Miner 03/20/2012

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