The Interrupters

Members of the activist group CeaseFire work to curb violence in their Chicago neighborhoods by intervening in street fights and showing youths a better way to resolve conflicts.

Democracy & Human Rights, Peace & Conflicts

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About the Film

The Interrupters, produced by Kartemquin Films, tells the moving and surprising stories of three “violence interrupters”—Ameena, Cobe, and Eddie—who aim to protect their Chicago communities from the violence they once employed. From acclaimed director Steve James and bestselling author Alex Kotlowitz, this film is an unusually intimate view of violence, its causes, and those who attempt to interrupt its infectious nature. The film premiered at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival, and in 2012 aired on the PBS series Frontline. 

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