Presenting The Interrupters Community Discussion Guide

Awards season may have ended for The Interrupters, so now on to the really important stuff: the film’s outreach campaign is just starting to heat up.  Now available for community screenings, schools, Interrupters House Parties and for all Interrupters outreach events is The Interrupters Community Discussion Guide (PDF download).
Created for Kartemquin by The Interrupters Community Engagement Media Consultants Sonya Childress and L. Anton Seals Jr., the guide is designed to engage audiences and communities – young people in particular - in reflection and discussion around the issues in the film. Whether you use excerpts or the entire film, your screening can be a springboard for dialogue or the centerpiece of a strategic community action plan around violence. While there are many ways to use the film, you might use a screening to:
• Highlight successful examples of local violence prevention efforts
• Help audiences explore the historical context and root causes of urban violence
• Brainstorm creative approaches for interrupting the cycle of retaliatory violence
• Encourage young people to reflect on the choices they make and their role as change-agents in their communities
The guide features:

  • Character Profiles
  • Discussion Questions
  • Statistics on violence, resources on violence prevention
  • Suggestions on "5 Things You Can Do Today" to help interrupt violence

The creation of the guide was funded by generous grants from the Bertha Foundation, the Fledgling Fund and ITVS - The Independent Television Service.
We encourage you to use this free Community Resource Guide as a tool to help you craft screening events using the powerful stories in the film. We have included discussion questions, background reading, resource organizations, sample exercises and practical ways to take action. We hope that these resources help you to develop productive and meaningful events, build relationships with new organizations, and engage those directly impacted by violence and those eager to make a difference. You may also want to use the guide in conjunction with, our new interactive outreach website for the film.