Mountainfilm

17 Blocks / Mon., Sheridan Opera House

Date: May 27, 2019
Start Time: 10:00 a.m.
17 Blocks

17 Blocks

Film Screening — Duration: 96 mins

Colorado Premiere
Brilliantly assembled from 20 years of home video footage, 17 Blocks chronicles four generations of the Sanford-Durant family, raised up by hope amid struggles with drug addiction and gun violence in their deeply troubled southeast D.C. neighborhood. The camera loves the Sanford-Durants, who emerge as recognizable, complex characters in a powerful drama keyed to single-mom Cheryl’s youngest son, Emmanuel, who was 9 when the family began shooting video in 1999. Tragedy is foreshadowed and unfolds inexorably, yet is nonetheless devastating when it arrives. The family’s devotion to their self-documentation project is impressive, the raw beauty of their footage is astonishing and director Davy Rothbart and writer/editor Jennifer Teixeira render it into a “found footage” documentary masterpiece. “Hope is real. Hope is alive. We have hope, everyone has hope," Cheryl says. "There’s hope for tomorrow, there’s hope for better, that’s all we’ve got.”