17 Blocks

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AMC Castleton Square Theater 9 Fri, Oct 18, 2019 7:20 PM
AMC Castleton Square Theater 9 Sat, Oct 19, 2019 2:50 PM
Film Info
Film Type:Finalist
Documentary Feature
Themes:Black Experiences
Social Justice
Release Year:2019
Runtime:98 min
Production Country:USA
Original Language:English
Cast/Crew Info
Director:Davy Rothbart
Cast:Cheryl Sanford
Producer(s):Jennifer Tiexiera
Executive Producer(s):Cheryl Sanford


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. Made in a unique collaboration with filmmaker and journalist Davy Rothbart, 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. Spanning two decades, “17 Blocks” illuminates a nation’s ongoing crisis through one family’s raw, stirring, and deeply personal saga

Content Advisories: Drug Use: Language;Mature Themes;Violence;Sexual Violence


Guests Scheduled to Attend:

10/18, 10/19 & 10/20 - Davy Rothbart (Director)