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Rated NR · 125 minutes · 2011

A brilliant documentary by Steve James, who made the 1994 basketball doc Hoop Dreams. This time James spends a year visiting a handful of tough neighborhoods in Chicago, to observe how a few dedicated individuals are working to stop the skyrocketing murder rate among disadvantaged youths. The idea is to talk people out of it, and it’s never easy. James and his crew capture spontaneous street violence, but also the quiet moments of reflection in which the disease-prevention method of non-violent mediation sinks in. Claims a doctor who founded the Ceasefire program: “I saw it as bad behavior, not bad people. You can judge it, but that’s not what we do in science.” Written, directed, co-edited, and co-produced by James, inspired by an article by Alex Kotlowitz. (125 min.)

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Director: Steve James
Producer: Teddy Leifer, Justine Nagan, Gordon Quinn and Paul Taylor


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