New Movie Highlights Chicago Violence

The Root recommends: A new documentary takes a look at the growing violence in Chicago.

The Cinema Guild

The crisis of growing violence on Chicago's South Side is increasingly in the spotlight. The Interrupters -- the latest internationally praised documentary from Hoop Dreams director-producer Steve James -- takes a personal look at the epidemic. The film follows a Chicago violence-prevention organization's yearlong campaign to combat crime in the city. Among the people highlighted in the film is the mother of Derrion Albert, the Chicago teenager whose videotaped beating death shook the airwaves.

After premiering at Sundance earlier this year, The Interrupters quickly garnered acclaim for its candid depiction of Chicago's crime problem. Many predict the documentary will be among the nominees for best documentary at the Oscars. The Interrupters is in theaters now.  

Got ideas for The Root Recommends? Send them to

Like The Root on Facebook. Follow us on Twitter.

The Root encourages respectful debate and dialogue in our commenting community. To improve the commenting experience for all our readers we will be experimenting with some new formats over the next few weeks. During this transition period the comments section will be unavailable to users.

We apologize for any inconvenience and appreciate your continued support of The Root.

While we are experimenting, please feel free to leave feedback below about your past experiences commenting at The Root.