Archive of films 17 Blocks / 17 Blocks

USA
2018, 97 min

Section: Documentary Films - Competition
Year: 2019

The moment nine-year-old Emmanuel received his first video camera in 1999, he began to shoot a chronicle of the Sanford family, warts and all. Ten years later, filmmaker and journalist Davy Rothbart uses his material to complete this disarming tale from Washington, D.C., where the streets are ruled by poverty and violence just seventeen blocks from the Capitol.


Synopsis

The moment nine-year-old Emmanuel got his first video camera in 1999, he began to shoot a chronicle of the Sanford family, warts and all. Adolescence wasn’t easy for him and his siblings, growing up in a cramped home without a father, and raised by a loving mother who struggled unsuccessfully against her inner demons. Although located just seventeen blocks from the US Capitol, the proximity could not protect them from the poverty and violence of their neighborhood, nor from the unpredictability of the world. Ten years later, filmmaker and journalist Davy Rothbart uses raw documentary material, disarming in its authenticity, to create a moving drama about the power of family bonds and the brutality of everyday life in America.

Martin Horyna

About the director

Davy Rothbart (b. 1975, Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA). Selected filmography: Rise Against: Generation Lost – How We Survive (2006), Another Station: Another Mile (2010), Medora (2013), 17 Blocks (2018)

Contacts

Submarine Entertainment
197 Grand Street 6W, 10013, New York
United States of America
Tel: +1 212 625 1410
E-mail: info@submarine.com

Press kit



About the film

Color, DCP
European premiere

Section: Documentary Films - Competition
   
Director: Davy Rothbart
Screenplay: Jennifer Tiexiera
Dir. of Photography: Zachary Shields
Music: Nick Urata
Editor: Jennifer Tiexiera
Producer: Alex Turtletaub, Michael B. Clark, Marc Turtletaub, Rachel Dengiz
Production: Beachside
Sales: Submarine Entertainment
   
www: www.17blocksfilm.com

Guests

Rachel Dengiz

Producer

David Pechar

Assistant Producer


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