17 Blocks

    Genre
    Documentary
  • Runtime
    96 mins
  • Release Date
    2019
  • Countries
    United States
  • Languages
    English

ANGELIKA’S NOTE

Spanning two decades and made in a unique collaboration with filmmaker and journalist Davy Rothbart, 17 BLOCKS illuminates a nation's ongoing crisis through one family's raw, stirring, and deeply personal saga. Rated 100% fresh on Rotten Tomatoes, this Film Independent Spirit Award nominated doc is "Spellbinding! Over a 20-year period, this family’s dynamics, conflicts, breakthroughs and tribulations are recorded like an urban allegory" (Black Press of America).
DIRECTED BY:
Davy Rothbart
WRITTEN BY:
Davy Rothbart, Jennifer Tiexiera
CAST INCLUDES:
Emmanuel Durant Jr., Akil 'Smurf' Sanford, Cheryl Sanford

SYNOPSIS

In 1999, nine-year-old Emmanuel Sanford-Durant and his Washington, D.C. family began to film their daily lives in America’s most dangerous neighborhood — just 17 blocks behind the U.S. Capitol building. They’ve been filming ever since. The film focuses on four generations of the Sanford Family, including Emmanuel, a promising student, his brother Smurf, a local drug dealer, his sister Denice, an aspiring cop, and his mother Cheryl, who must conquer her own demons for her family to prosper.

17 Blocks

    Genre
    Documentary
  • Runtime
    96 mins
  • Release Date
    2019
  • Countries
    United States
  • Languages
    English
DIRECTED BY
Davy Rothbart
WRITTEN BY
Davy Rothbart, Jennifer Tiexiera
CAST INCLUDES
Emmanuel Durant Jr., Akil 'Smurf' Sanford, Cheryl Sanford
Spanning two decades and made in a unique collaboration with filmmaker and journalist Davy Rothbart, 17 BLOCKS illuminates a nation's ongoing crisis through one family's raw, stirring, and deeply personal saga. Rated 100% fresh on Rotten Tomatoes, this Film Independent Spirit Award nominated doc is "Spellbinding! Over a 20-year period, this family’s dynamics, conflicts, breakthroughs and tribulations are recorded like an urban allegory" (Black Press of America).

In 1999, nine-year-old Emmanuel Sanford-Durant and his Washington, D.C. family began to film their daily lives in America’s most dangerous neighborhood — just 17 blocks behind the U.S. Capitol building. They’ve been filming ever since. The film focuses on four generations of the Sanford Family, including Emmanuel, a promising student, his brother Smurf, a local drug dealer, his sister Denice, an aspiring cop, and his mother Cheryl, who must conquer her own demons for her family to prosper.

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