July 19, 2012 8:48 pm
Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah has become the latest of many high-profile figures inspired by The Interrupters. “I recommend everyone, especially Chicagoans, see this documentary,” Noah said in the Chicago Sun Times, “It is moving, and very important.”
The five-year Bulls veteran, who runs a foundation that exposes underprivileged youth to art and sports, was so inspired by the film that he reached out to violence interrupter Cobe Williams. Noah and Williams have since met and talked about ways to work together to reduce inner-city violence, becoming good friends.
In his Sun Times op-ed, Noah published a number of responses about solutions to urban violence that Williams collected from kids that he interacts with.
The film's positive influence on youth affected by violence has again been proven this week, thanks to a program led by Urban Gateways. After watching the film, students wrote startling poems and moving blog posts that we urge you to read.
Outside of Chicago, The Interrupters continues to make an impact around the world. The film's long-awaited Irish premiere will take place at Dublin's Stranger Than Fiction festival, on August 19th. Get more info on Stranger Than Fiction.
The film may also have had an influence that perhaps no one could have predicted, but is absolutely wonderful. Last weekend Eddie Bocanegra married Kathryn Saclarides, who you may remember as the therapist helping the Villalba family in the film. Congratulations to them both!