On Friday night I went to the Gene Siskel Film Center to see a documentary film that a friend (Aaron Wickenden) edited called The Interrupters. The cast and crew answered questions after the showing, which was a powerful experience after having just watched them on the screen.
From the website:
The Interrupters tells the moving and surprising stories of three Violence Interrupters who try to protect their Chicago communities from the violence they once employed.
The Interrupters captures a period in Chicago when it became a national symbol for the violence in our cities.
…The Interrupters — who have credibility on the streets because of their own personal histories — intervene in conflicts before they explode into violence.