#KTQ50: Watch The Interrupters for free all week

From Friday, August 28th until Friday, September 2nd the free KTQ50 film is The Interrupters (2011).

"A gut-wrenching documentary"
-Manohla Dargis, The New York Times

"The Interrupters" is a great work of drama that happens to be real, a Russian novel about crime and repentance set on the real-life streets of 21st-century America. You won't see a movie this year that is more moving, more tragic, more upsetting, more hopeful or more necessary."
Andrew O'Hehir, Salon.com

One of the most decorated Kartemquin films, The Interrupters gets at the heart of crime and violence from the street-level and the people who put their lives on the line to try and stop it. An in-depth and intimate look at Chicago's former CeaseFire program, The Interrupters asks pressing questions about race, community and violence that extend beyond the borders of the Chicago neighborhood it explores. The film follows three CeaseFire "Violence Interrupters": Ameena Matthews, Cobe Williams and Eddie Bocanegra as they navigate what CeaseFire's Tio Hardiman calls, simply, "the madness".

In 2013, the film won an Emmy in the category "Outstanding Informational Programming: Long-Form", as well as a Silver Baton from the Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Awards. In addition, the film won seven Best Documentary awards and an Outstanding Achievement in Nonfiction Feature Filmmaking and Best Direction for Steve James from the Cinema Eye Honors.

The Interrupters had a significant impact on policy makers around the country. As a result of the film's creation, Bermuda's National Security Minister implemented a CeaseFire-style violence prevention program. Many other US cities followed in the footsteps of Chicago, creating their own violence interruption programs. In 2011, the United Nations screened The Interrupters for the International Day of Peace, and the film screened at Capitol Hill for US elected officials.

Available for Purchase on DVD here
DVD features 56 minutes of extra footage, and behind the scenes footage with the film's composer Joshua Abrams

Available for Purchase on Blu-Ray here
DVD features 56 minutes of extra footage, and behind the scenes footage with the film's composer Joshua Abrams

One of the most overwhelming responses to the film was a widespread desire to get involved and offer support to the violence interrupters movement. Find ways to get involved on the film's companion website interruptviolence.com

Kartemquin will be streaming a new film each week in honor of the film collective's 50th anniversary celebrations. Find more events and screenings celebrating #KTQ50 here.