“Interrupting” the Location of Discourses Regarding Muslim Women

Azra reviewed this film for MMW back in August. In light of a recent appearance on The Colbert Report, heightened press, and an anticipated television premiere tomorrow night on PBS, we are taking a closer look at one of the film’s stars, Ameena Matthews.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wS5Hjhy1RhM&feature=youtu.beThe South Side of Chicago, infamous for its crime infestation, history of racial segregation, and sex districts, is home to prominent names such as Jesse Jackson, Louis F … [Read more...]

The Interrupters’ Ameena Matthews: Anti-Violence Powerhouse

Steven James (director of the classic American documentary Hoop Dreams) and Alex Kotlowitz’s The Interrupters (2011) looks at the work of a group of violence preventers—the Interrupters—in Chicago. Inspired by an article on CeaseFire—the violence prevention organization the Interrupters work for—that ran in the New York Times Magazine by Alex Kotlowitz in 2004, the film follows three of CeaseFire’s violence interrupters for a year.Dr. Larry Slutkin, an epidemiologist at the University of Illi … [Read more...]