Screening of "The Interrupters"

Thursday October 27, 7:00 p.m.
Wasserman Cinematheque

"The Interrupters," an official selection of the Sundance Film Festival, is a documentary that New York Times film critic calls "a hard wollap" that may "weigh heavily on your heart and head." It tells the moving and surprising stories of three "violence interrupters" for the Chicago Project for Violence Prevention who try to protect their Chicago communities from the violence they once employed. From acclaimed director Steve James of "Hoop Dreams," and bestselling author Alex Kotlowitz, this film is an unusually intimate journey into the stubborn persistence of violence in our cities. Shot over the course of a year out of Kartemquin Films, "The Interrupters" captures a period when Chicago became a national symbol for the violence in our cities. During that period, the city was besieged by high-profile incidents, most notably the brutal beating of Derrion Albert, a Chicago high school student, whose death was caught on videotape.

The film’s main characters work for the innovative organization, CeaseFire, founded by epidemiologist, Gary Slutkin. Slutkin believes the spread of violence mimics the spread of infectious diseases, and so the treatment should be similar: go after the most infected, and stop the infection at its source. 

This program is cosponsored by the Film, Television, and Interactive Media Program, International Center for Ethics, Justice and Public Life, Legal Studies Program, Peace, Conflict and Coexistence Studies, Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism, and the Social Justice Social Policy Program at Brandeis University.