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  1. 2011, Steve James, USA, 125 min.

"Patiently, brilliantly, Steve James looks closely at our society...Now, in THE INTERRUPTERS, he has made his most important film."
—Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

"Superb...Ameena Matthews is the most compelling single figure I've seen on screen this year."
—Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune

In this stirring and powerfully insightful year-long journey through Chicago’s inner city, Oscar-nominated director Steve James (HOOP DREAMS), in collaboration with author Alex Kotlowitz (There Are No Children Here), follows three courageous “violence interrupters” working for the innovative organization CeaseFire, as they patrol the city’s meanest streets to defuse scenarios of heart-stopping volatility. Interrupters, including dynamo Ameena Matthews, daughter of notorious gang leader Jeff Fort, are seen to be the only force standing between a killer and his victim when gang vengeance threatens. With unprecedented access, and with the specter of Derrion Albert’s horrific death hanging over the community, James captures the increasingly urgent one-on-one encounters where lives hang in the balance. HDCAM video. (BS)

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