The Interrupters: Film Screening and Community Dialogue

Tuesday, January 10, 2012 - 6 p.m.

The Interrupters posterThe Interrupters is a documentary that “tells the moving and surprising story of three “violence interrupters” in Chicago who with bravado, humility and even humor try to protect their communities from the violence they once employed.” Because of their own personal histories, they have “street cred” and intervene in conflicts before they explode into violence. The Interrupters has screened across the country, receiving acclaim at Sundance, SXSW, and the Philadelphia Cinefest, to name a few; and wherever it has shown,it has been a powerful conversation starter.

Immediately after The Interrupters screens, we will host a panel discussion and community dialogue about innovative ways that local citizens are organizing to address the issue of street violence in some of Washington, DC's most hardest-hit neighborhoods. Confirmed panelists include:

  • Thandor Miller—WE CAN Program and Children and Youth Investment Trust Corporation
  • Autumn Saxton-Ross—Words, Beats, and Life and DC Department of Health
  • Penelope Spain and the alumni of Mentoring Today
  • Officer David Bailey—Metropolitan Police Department, Youth Services Division