Mon, 2 May 2011
There is a series of violence prevention organizations springing up in gang and drug infested communities all across America. A great number of the people involved in these movements are former gang members and drug dealers. In 2010, acclaimed documentary filmmaker Steve James followed three of these violence 'interrupters' through the troubled streets of Chicago, documenting their struggle to end gang violence in their community. This last winter he brought those same three interrupters to the Sundance film festival with him to show the film. This gave the staff at Sending Messages the opportunity to meet them and interview them. Here's what happened.