Irish Film Institute -IFI Documentary Festival: 17 BLOCKS

IFI Documentary Festival: 17 BLOCKS

Director: Davy Rothbart

95 mins, USA, 2019, Digital

To pre-order 17 Blocks, click here. The film will be available to view on IFI@Home from Saturday, September 26th at 20.30.

In 1999, nine-year-old Emmanuel Sanford-Durant and his Washington D.C. family began to videotape their daily lives in one of America’s most dangerous neighbourhoods, a mere 17 blocks from the U.S. Capitol building. They’ve been filming each other ever since. Made in a unique collaboration with filmmaker and journalist Davy Rothbart, the film focuses on four generations of the Sanford-Durant Family, including Emmanuel, a promising student; his brother Smurf, a local drug dealer; his sister Denice, an aspiring cop; and his mother Cheryl, who must conquer her own demons for her family to prosper. Spanning two decades, 17 Blocks illuminates a nation’s ongoing crisis through one family’s raw, stirring, and deeply personal saga.

Screening as part of the 2020 IFI Documentary Festival, 21st – 27th September.

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