PON Film Series presents “The Interrupters”

Event Date: Tuesday November 15, 2011
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Location: Ames Courtroom, Austin Hall, Harvard Law School campus

The PON Film Series presents



“The Interrupters”

followed by a post-screening discussion with

William Ury, co-author of Getting to YES &
Gary Slutkin, Executive Director of Chicago’s Ceasefire

Date: Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Time: 6:30 PM

Location: Ames Courtroom, Austin Hall, Harvard Law School Campus

The Interrupters tells the moving and surprising stories of three Violence Interrupters who try to protect their Chicago communities from the violence they once employed. From acclaimed director Steve James and bestselling author Alex Kotlowitz, this film is an unusually intimate journey into the stubborn persistence of violence in our cities.

Co-sponsored by the Harvard Law Documentary Studio.

Admission is free and open to the public.

Pizza, popcorn, and drinks will be served.

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About the Film

The Interrupters captures a period in Chicago when it became a national symbol for the violence in our cities. During that period, the city was besieged by high-profile incidents, most notably the brutal beating of Derrion Albert, a Chicago High School student, whose death was caught on videotape.

The film’s main subjects, Ameena, Cobe, and Eddie, work for an innovative organization, CeaseFire. It was founded by an epidemiologist, Gary Slutkin, who believes that the spread of violence mimics the spread of infectious diseases, and so the treatment should be similar: go after the most infected, and stop the infection at its source. One of the cornerstones of the organization is the “Violence Interrupters” program, created by Tio Hardiman, who heads the program. The Interrupters — who have credibility on the streets because of their own personal histories — intervene in conflicts before they explode into violence.

The Interrupters follows Ameena, Cobe and Eddie as they go about their work, and while doing so reveals their own inspired journeys of hope and redemption. The film attempts to make sense of what CeaseFire’s Tio Hardiman calls, simply, “the madness”.

About the Speakers

William L. Ury co-founded Harvard’s Program on Negotiation and is currently a Senior Fellow of the Harvard Negotiation Project. He is the author of The Power of a Positive No: How to Say No & Still Get to Yes (2007) and co-author (with Roger Fisher) of Getting to Yes: Negotiating Agreement Without Giving In, an eight-million-copy bestseller translated into over thirty languages. Ury is also author of the award-winning Getting Past No: Negotiating with Difficult People and Getting To Peace.

Dr. Gary Slutkin is a physician trained in medicine, infectious disease control and reversing epidemics. He received his M.D. from the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine, and did his internship and residency at San Francisco General Hospital , where he was also Chief Resident in medicine. He is now the Executive Director of Cease Fire, a program that uses a public health model to stop shootings and killings.

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