On May 23rd and May 24 2012, hundreds of Oakland Unified School District (OUSD) high school students throughout the Bay Area saw the award-winning Kartemquin documentary, The Interrupters, and learned directly from one of the film’s subjects, Cobe Williams, as well as local experts currently engaged in using a ‘violence interruption’ model to stop violence before it happens in Oakland.

Collaborating officials at the Oakland Unified School District cited the city’s rise in violence for wanting to collaborate on the screening, “With over 100 recorded homicides in Oakland [as of December 1st] the film’s message of ‘interrupting the cycle of violence to reduce killings’ is as grimly relevant here as it is in the Chicago streets in which it was filmed.”

Copies of The Interrupters DVDs were donated to the Oakland Unified School District for future school assemblies, classroom use and other community screenings to help continue the conversation about violence prevention.

Edited by Kartemquin Fall '12 intern Ben Schamisso.

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