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In this Frontline episode, acclaimed director Steve James (Hoop Dreams) tells the moving and often surprising stories of three "Violence Interrupters."
Ameena Matthews, Eddie Bocanegra, and Cobe Williams, with bravado, humility—and even humor—work to protect their Chicago communities from the violence they once took part in. Offering an unusually intimate journey into the stubborn persistence of violence in cities, the program follows the interrupters as they attempt to intervene in disputes before they turn violent, including two brothers threatening to shoot each other, an angry teenage girl just home from prison, and a young man on a warpath of revenge. The film captures not only the interrupters’ work, but reveals their own inspired journeys from crime to hope and ultimately redemption.
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