The Interrupters (2011) - dir. Steve James

A talking heads political documentary from Steve James (Hoop Dreams). While¬†the Interrupters feels under control at all times, some of the rawness of the situations and the point James is trying to make seem to drift away. It’s a powerful situation, and certainly a topic that most know nothing of. James and his crew do a good job of letting the story tell itself, but there was a missed opportunity here - the film’s true star is Ameena Matthews, and it would’ve been terrific to shadow her alone, using the Violence Interrupters as a scaffold to structure her story around.

Still, if documentaries are your thing - this one’s certainly worth a watch.

6.8