The film follows group members as they encounter men, women and children on the verge of violence, interrupt their actions and try with no-nonsense councilling to guide disputants to resolving their differences through discussion and negotiation.
Extreme Violence in America
The CeaseFire members are extraordinary characters, many of whom are reformed gang members who've come to their commitment against violent behavior via personal experience with violence in the past. Their personal stories are filled with real life drama, and it is impossible not to find their determination to make changes for the better in their communities extremely moving.
Through chronicling CeaseFire's daily activities and the organization's responses to challenging situations that develop among its clients and within the communities it serves, the filmmakers take us on a tour of the inner city streets, showing us how violence puts communities into a downward spiral of despair. We can see despair and desperation on people's faces, especially on those of the kids. This is not an easy documentary to watch, but it is one which must be seen.
Interrupting Can Only Do So Much
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- Title: The Interrupters
- Director: Steve James
- Co-Producers: Steve James and Alex Kotlowitz
- Theatrical Release Date: July 29, 2011 (limited)
- Running Time: 125 mins.
- Parental Advisory: Content advisory for parents
- Country: USA
- Location: Chicago, USA
- Language: English
- Production Company: Kartemquin Films
- Distribution Company: Cinema Guild
- Official Website