17 blocks

A film by Davy Rothbart

USA/96 mins.




In 1999, nine-year-old Emmanuel Durant and his family began filming their daily lives in one of America’s most dangerous neighborhoods — just 17 blocks behind the U.S. Capitol. They've been filming ever since. Made in a unique collaboration with Emmy award-winning filmmaker and journalist Davy Rothbart, this film illuminates the nation's ongoing crisis through one black family's raw, stirring, and deeply personal saga. Full of love, they are plagued with poverty, drugs, gun violence. The up-close-and-personal filmmaking is genius. But it is raw reality and not for the faint of heart. Rothbart is the co-director of “Medora” (2013), a film about Indiana’s Medora High School basketball team, that screened at YES Cinema.

[Contains disturbing images.]


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