Wednesday, June 20, 2012

[SDCPJ] Today! June 20: "The Interrupters"

The PRC & Nonviolent Peaceforce invite you to

Film Screening & Discussion of
"THE INTERRUPTERS"

Wed. June 20th @ 6 - 9 pm
3850 Westgate Pl, San Diego 92105

FREE and Open to the public!

5:45 pm -- Doors open, light refreshments
6:15 pm -- Film starts promptly
8:20 pm -- Discussion with Guests, 
   including Tariq Khamisa Foundation (TKF) & Commission on Gang Violence

ABOUT THE FILM
by Steve James and Alex Kotlowitz

During just one weekend in 2008, 37 people were shot in Chicago, seven of them fatally. This film captures a period in Chicago when it became a national symbol for city violence and was besieged by high-profile incidents, most notably the brutal beating of Derrion Albert, a Chicago High School student, whose death was caught on videotape.

The Interrupters is the moving story of three dedicated "violence interrupters"—Ameena Matthews, Cobe Williams and Eddie Bocanegra—who, with bravado, humility and even humor, work to protect their Chicago communities from the violence they themselves once employed. Their work and their insights are informed by their own journeys, which, as each of them points out, defy easy characterization.

Shot over the course of a year out of Kartemquin Films in Chicago, The Interrupters follows Ameena, Eddie and Cobe as they attempt to intervene in situations before those situations turn violent: two brothers threatening to shoot each other; an angry teenage girl just home from prison; a young man heading down a warpath of revenge. The film captures not only the interrupters' work, but reveals their own inspired journeys from crime to hope and, ultimately, redemption. As they venture into their communities, they confront the destructive cycle of poverty, incarceration and joblessness -- and reveal the importance of economic opportunity, community cohesion and family ties.

Ultimately, this is a story of the power we all possess to make a positive difference in our community.

For more information,

or contact Mariah with questions at:
Peace Resource Center of San Diego
3850 Westgate Place, San Diego 92105
office: 619-263-9301 / info@prcsd.org




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