17 Blocks
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17 Blocks

April 2–30

Spanning 20 years and culled from over 1,000 hours of footage, this award-winning documentary illuminates a national, ongoing crisis through one family's riveting saga.

20/21 Hop Film

$8 public; $5 Dartmouth employees
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17 Blocks: The Final Cut Trailer | MTV Documentary Films


In 1999, filmmaker Davy Rothbart met Emmanuel Sanford-Durant and his older brother, Smurf, during a pickup basketball game in Southeast Washington, D.C. Rothbart began filming their lives, and soon the two brothers and other family members started to use the camera themselves. These home videos provide an engrossing and landmark portrait of working-class, urban Black life. Harrowing moments of drug addiction and gun violence are interspersed with quotidian scenes of cookouts, games, laughter and quiet times. With their tragedies and triumphs, the Sanford family's story illustrates the possibilities of love, courage, redemption and resilience. D: Davy Rothbart, US, 2019, 1h37m

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