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In 1999, filmmaker 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. 


"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 

 

"RAW AND IMMEDIATE... packs a potent emotional punch."

-Frank Scheck, Hollywood Reporter 

  • Year
    2019
  • Runtime
    96 minutes
  • Language
    English
  • Country
    United States
  • Director
    Davy Rothbart