The Interrupters: Replacing Weapons with Words

Feb 13, 2012

Retaliatory killings, gang wars and a high murder rate are not Chicago’s problem alone. But it’s there that CeaseFire, a public health model based on science and street corner intervention, tracks volatile situations and cools them down. The work is done by violence interrupters, credible and street-wise messengers that are the subject of an acclaimed documentary called “the Interrupters” which premieres on PBS’s “FRONTLINE” series tomorrow -- Valentine’s Day.  With us to talk about the film is producer-director Steve James. He is no stranger to urban Chicago. He also directed the 1994 film “Hoop Dreams.”

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A Review of the Interrupters