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Trailer Watch: Steve James' The Interrupters Is Heartbreaking, Hopeful

by Maggie Lange
July 13, 2011 7:35 AM
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The trailer is out for a harrowing and haunting documentary about violence in Chicago, The Interrupters, from doc veteran Steve James (Hoop Dreams) and Alex Kotlowitz (author of There Are No Children Here), which debuted at Sundance and went on to win critics' raves as well as the special jury award at the Sheffield Doc/Fest and grand jury prize at Miami Film Fest. Here's indieWIRE's review.

The film documents the Violence Interrupters, a community group dedicated to stopping violence in Chicago. Run by a collection of ex-prisoners and the daughter of a prominent gang member, the Interrupters attempt to save their community from the violence they once employed.

Even the trailer tugs at emotional strings, with tragic headline news of shootings, scored by a beautiful version of Solomon Burke’s Don’t Give Up On Me. The film opens July 29 in New York, and nationwide in August and September. Watch below:

The Interrupters (Trailer) from Cinema Guild on Vimeo

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