Chicago gang violence documentary screenings this week

The Interrupters is a documentary about gang violence in Chicago and three people – all former gang members – who work to diffuse gang rivalries.

The same director who made the acclaimed Oscar-nominated Hoop Dreams, Steve James, also made this film with producer Alex Kotlowicz.

And though much of the film’s narrative focuses on the struggles in Chicago’s South Side, Uptown residents and Truman students will undoubtedly recognize the similarities to the violence that’s been happening in and around our neighborhood. You may have heard of the organization of interrupters – CeaseFire – when several shootings occurred earlier this fall.

The Interrupters is screening in Chicago this weekend and next week. At 2 pm today (Saturday, December 17) the Chicago Cultural Center will host a free screening, followed by a panel discussion that includes Ameena Matthews, one of the “interrupters” seen in the film.

And the Gene Siskel Film Center also has several showtimes for this film over the next week. Showtimes from now until December 22nd are listed on the Film Center’s Web page.

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