The Interrupters

February 14, 2012

An intimate journey across the violent landscape of our cities through the eyes of those fighting to sow peace and security.

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The Interrupters (Graphic Language)One year in the life of a city grappling with violence. Contains graphic language.
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The Interrupters (Broadcast Version)One year in the life of a city grappling with violence

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Q&A: Filmmaker Steve James on Making “The Interrupters”

Award-winning director, producer, and co-editor of the critically acclaimed film Hoop Dreams, Steve James reflects on making The Interrupters, what he’s learned through the experience and what he hopes viewers will take away from the film.

Chicago Drops CeaseFire from Anti-Violence Strategy

After a yearlong trial, the city said it would focus instead on community policing and other strategies to combat the city’s high murder rate.

One Violence “Interrupter’s” Advice for President Obama

We talked to CeaseFire’s Tio Hardiman about what he’d tell the president’s new commission on gun violence.

What Will It Take to Stop Gang Violence in Chicago?

Chicago is trying again to stem its high murder rate, which has been fueled by an entrenched culture of gang violence.

Q&A: What’s Behind Chicago’s Homicide Spike?

To understand more, FRONTLINE turned to a man with a unique perspective on ending Chicago’s violence, “The Interrupter’s” Tio Hardiman

“The Interrupters” Wins Best Documentary At Independent Spirit Awards

Congratulations to Director/Producer Steve James and Producer Alex Kotlowitz and their whole team at Kartemquin Films on winning best documentary … Continue reading

Watch “The Interrupters” With The Interrupters

Join “The Interrupters” — Eddie, Ameena and Cobe — and co-producers, Steve James and Alex Kotlowitz, for a social screening of “The Interrupters” — 2/20 at 830 p.m. ET

A Digital Memorial For Victims of Violence

“Luis was killed trying to sign Michael’s altar,” 19-year-old Ashley tearfully explains in “The Interrupters.”

Video: “Chicago Tonight” Goes Inside “The Interrupters”

Following last night’s broadcast of “The Interrupters” on FRONTLINE, WTTW’s “Chicago Tonight” featured a special three-part program about the film.

Live Chat 1 p.m. ET: Can the Cycle of Violence be “Interrupted”?

Join our live chat on “The Interrupters” on 2/15 at 1pm ET with co-producers Steve James and Alex Kotlowitz, violence interrupters Ameena Matthews and Eddie Bocanegra, and guest questioner Jason Deparle. You can leave a question now.

CeaseFire: Stopping Violence and Measuring Impact

“I’m most proud of when I see kids sitting on their porch on the streets, not worried about nobody,” says Tio Hardiman, the director of CeaseFire Illinois. “It just feels good when you see the kids running up to the ice cream truck, when you see a community coming back to normal.”

Derrion Albert: The Death that Riled the Nation

On Sept. 24, 2009, Derrion Albert, a 16-year-old honors student, was walking home from school when he found himself amidst a violent confrontation between two rival groups from his school.

“I Need Them and They Need Me”

Knowing the community helps a great deal when she tries to mediate a dispute, explains “violence interrupter” Ameena Matthews.

“The Interrupters” Featured on “Fresh Air”

“Chicago has always been notoriously known for street organization, crimes and murders and all that, but what’s so profound for me is to see that, as I’m growing up, that death is inevitable and we’re not afraid of it.”

“The Interrupters” Ameena Matthews on The Colbert Report

Last night “violence interrupter” Ameena Matthews was on The Colbert Report to talk about the film, The Interrupters, which airs on FRONTLINE Feb. 14.

“It’s Either Kill or Be Killed…”

Last night, filmmaker Steve James (Hoop Dreams) and “violence interrupter” Ameena Matthews were on Greater Boston, discussing their new documentary, “The Interrupters,” which will air on FRONTLINE on Feb. 14 at 9 pm.

Press Release

On Feb. 14, FRONTLINE presents the television premiere of the award-winning documentary The Interrupters, the moving story of three dedicated “violence interrupters”—Ameena Matthews, Cobe Williams and Eddie Bocanegra—who, with bravado, humility and even humor, work to protect their Chicago communities from the violence they themselves once employed.

Slate: “The Interrupters” Is “The Most Necessary Film of The Year”

During one weekend in 2008, 37 people were shot in Chicago, seven of them fatally. It was the year Chicago became a posterchild city of America’s gang problem.

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