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17 Blocks

In 1999, filmmaker and journalist Davy Rothbart met Emmanuel Sanford-Durant and his older brother, Smurf, during a pickup basketball game in Southeast Washington, D.C. Davy began filming their lives, and soon the two brothers and other family members began to use the camera themselves. Spanning 20 years, this story illuminates a national, ongoing crisis through one family’s raw, stirring and deeply personal saga. Made from more than 1,000 hours of footage, it all starts on the street where they lived in 1999, 17 blocks behind the U.S. Capitol.

2019. 95 minutes. Documentary. NR.

RAW AND IMMEDIATE… packs a potent emotional punch.

Frank Scheck - Hollywood Reporter

A remarkably raw and heartfelt piece of filmmaking… At its best, 17 BLOCKS reminded me of the deep humanism of Steve James’ work.

Brian Tallerico - RogerEbert.com

An essential viewing doc about race & class in America… A documentary with Cinema Verite sensibilities and no qualms whatsoever about the honest presentation of its subjects, 17 BLOCKS is both heartbreaking and inspiring.

Warren Cantrell - The Playlist

A singular achievement in documentary filmmaking… Remarkable… intimate and uncompromising… 17 BLOCKS is the result of the Sanford family’s profound act of bravery.

Variety

Q&A Discussion

Join us for a live Zoom Q&A with director (and Ann Arbor’s own) Davy Rothbart and the Sanford Family on Friday, 3/5 at 7 PM. Register for the event here.

(Included with your rental) Stay tuned after the film to see an exclusive pre-recorded Q&A with director Davy Rothbart & subjects Cheryl and Smurf Sanford, moderated by Academy Award winner Marshall Curry and Michael-Sean Spence from Everytown for Gun Safety.

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Rent Online - $12

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