The Interrupters Cinema Guild Hell and Back Again Docurama Film Over Your Cities Grass Will Grow Alive Mind Cinema Steve James, writer-director of Hoop Dreams, and Alex Kotlowitz, recognized author on racial problems, have co-produced a documentary about race and violence called The Interrupters. It runs two hours and five minutes. James says that every viewer will have to decide for himself whether the film is too long. This, I’d say, will depend on whether the viewer insists on new information or whether he is impressed by the commitment of the people involved.
Alex Kotlowitz has a great article in today's New York Times Magazine about the plight of foreign women who have been abused by their husbands and are seeking asylum in the United States. Normally, domestic disputes don't register as meeting the U.N. Refugee Convention-which the United States adopted-threshold for refuge. And rightly so; a domestic crime should be handled by a country's local authorities.