Film Reviews: “The Interrupters” (2011)


Directed by Steve James.

Steve James (director of “Hoop Dreams”) brings us “The Interrupters”, a documentary about street gangs and their influence in Chicago. As the film states: “One year in the life of a city grappling with violence.”

I can’t begin to tell you how sad I felt watching this. The statistics of children dying and innocent families broken were astounding. Amongst all of this horribleness are a group of brave Violence Interrupters known as Ceasefire. The documentary follows three members of Ceasefire as they enter the Chicago’s war zone to try and change the lives of many potential and recovering criminals, as well as, aid the families and communities affected by this plague.

I recommend “The Interrupters” to everyone. It was emotional, heartbreaking and eye opening. Things really need to change. It’s terrible to see so many people killing people and over mostly stupid petty things. I hope this film, much like Ceasefire, makes a difference.

4.0 out of 4.0 stars.