Mailman School Film Series Presents Award-Winning Documentary

March 28, 2013

The Mailman School of Public Health Film Series will present the award-winning documentary, "The Interrupters," the stories of three Violence Interrupters who try to protect their Chicago communities from the violence they themselves once inflicted on the streets of Chicago.

The highly acclaimed film is an unusual look into the persistence of violence in our cities. Shot over the course of a year by award-winning director and producer of the highly acclaimed film "Hoop Dreams," Steve James, "The Interruptors"  captures a period in Chicago when it became a national symbol for violence in urban America.

The film will be followed by a discussion with former gang member Ameena Matthews, now in her fifth year working as an interrupter for Cure Violence, Dr. Gary Slutkin, founder and executive director of Cure Violence, and Lisa Metsch, PhD, Chair and Stephen Smith Professor of Sociomedical Sciences at the Mailman School. The panel will be moderated by Perri Peltz, broadcast journalist, Mailman School alum, and current PhD student.

The Mailman School launched its series in fall 2012 with the HBO acclaimed film, "The Weight of the Nation."

Public Health Film Series: The Interrupters Friday, April 5, 2013 from 4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Allan Rosenfield Building, 722 West 168th St., 8th Floor Auditorium


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