Genre: Documentary

Director: Steve James

***1⁄2

Though it lacks the epic sweep of Hoop Dreams, Steve James’ new documentary consolidates his commitment to socially responsible filmmaking.

It’s a portrait of a Chicago community-activist group dedicated to “interrupting” gang violence — a noble, perilous endeavor that makes for some hair-raising sequences.

By focusing on both sides of the situation, James keeps the film from toppling over into simple, despairing civil critique.

 
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