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THE INTERRUPTERS

This inspiring documentary, directed and photographed by Steve James (Hoop Dreams), follows a year in the working lives of three inner city Chicago ‘Violence Interrupters’ or outreach workers who intervene in disputes. Working for the Chicago Project for Violence Prevention, the Interrupters are mostly reformed criminals who try to interrupt the link between grievance and violent reprisal, drawing on their own experiences of gang culture. The film observes them working patiently on individual cases, experiencing setbacks, enjoying small successes, but never losing faith in their work. It is an intimate journey into the stubborn persistence of violence in cities.

Age Recommendation 15+

Screening as part of the IFI Education 2013 Spring/Summer Programme.

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