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The Interrupters film and interview with Alex Kotlowitz Jan 25 2018 at the Rafael

January 25, 2018
6:00 pm
Bayview Opera House

Marin has the greatest racial disparities of any county in California. Join us to learn how neighbors are helping to solve poverty and violence in African American communities. 

Thursday evening, January 25, 2018

5:30 VIP reception with filmmaker

6:00 The Interrupters film

8:00 Interview with filmmaker Alex Kotlowitz, renowned journalist and filmmaker

Discussion on Poverty and Racism

Ta-Nehisi Coates interviewed Alex Kotlowitz, whom he describes as "One of our great American journalists." An award-winning journalist and bestselling author, our guest this evening is recognized for his unflinching portrayal of race and poverty in America. For over 25 years, Kotlowitz has brought his trademark empathy and on-the-ground reporting to many forms of media—including the nonfiction classics There Are No Children Here and The Other Side of the River.

The Interrupters is an examination of the stubborn persistence of urban violence, and tells the moving and surprising stories of three Violence Interrupters who try to protect their Chicago communities. Shot over the course of a year that includes the brutal, videotaped beating of a Chicago High School student. The film's main subjects' work for an innovative organization that believes that the spread of violence mimics the spread of infectious diseases, and so the treatment should be similar: go after the most infected, and stop the infection at its source.

Produced by Kotlowitz in partnership with Hoop Dreams director Steve James, this critically acclaimed documentary won an Independent Spirit Award for Best Documentary. His 1991 book, There Are No Children Here: The Story of Two Boys Growing Up in the Other America, garnered national recognition for its compassionate and unflinching portrait of Pharoah and Lafeyette Rivers and their lives growing up in a public housing project.

Fundraiser for African American Health Equity

This event launches a quarterly discussion and film series on the culture and wellness of Marin City residents - and a $800,000 capital campaign to renovate the clinic's newly purchased building!

Tickets and sponsorship are online at https:/ For more information, contact


Bayview Opera House

4705 3rd St, San Francisco, CA 94124, USA

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