The Interrupters

  • CERT 15
  • 2011
  • 1 HR 25 MINS
  • 3 RATINGS
The Interrupters

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Shot over the course of one year, The Interrupters are: Ameena, Cobe and Eddie, all who have stories and histories of violence and gang activity. These “violence interrupters” use their own personal experiences and street credibility to work in the communities, interjecting where violence is prone to erupting and working with families to stop the infection.

Founded by Gary Slutkin, an epidemiologist who has worked throughout America and the world battling diseases such as cholera and AIDS, CeaseFire works on the principle that the spread of violence mimics that of infectious diseases, and so the treatment should be similar: go after the most infected, and stop the infection at its source.

Their work is fraught with moral dilemmas. They have to step between adversaries, often people they know. As they venture into their communities, they confront the importance of family, the noxious nature of poverty, and the place of race. And they do it with incredible candour and directness.

CAST AND CREW

Steve James Tio Hardiman

GENRE

Documentary

CERTIFICATE

Contains strong language and strong real violence

RUN TIME

1 hour 25 minutes

RELEASED

2011

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