My first book, There Are No Children Here, came out in 1991, and I remember when it came out people said, “Oh my God, this can’t be.” And I felt the same way when I began reporting the book. People felt angry, they felt ashamed. With The Interrupters, here we are 20 years later, this film comes out, and from people I still hear the same thing—“I had no idea. I can’t believe these communities are like this.” And you just want to ask, where has everybody been?
Alex Kotlowitz, co-producer of The Interrupters and author of There Are No Children Here