17 Blocks is a dramatic family saga of an African-American family living in Washington D.C. Emmanuel Sanford-Durant was nine years old in 1999 when he met Davy Rothbart, who began to follow and film the family in the US capital’s most dangerous neighborhood. Soon Emmanuel and his siblings also started filming: from intimate family moments to street violence, their honest and blunt recordings document two decades of their lives. After an unexpected tragedy, the family’s dreams and plans fall to pieces. The disaster illuminates deeply-rooted systemic problems, but the recordings, done over several years, give it new meaning.
Michael B. Clark
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Champs-Élysées FF 2020 Audience Award, Critics' Prize & Grand Jury Prize
Zurich FF 2019 Special Mention
Melbourne DFF 2019 Best Director & Supreme Jury Prize for Best Documentary
Tribeca FF 2019 Best Editing in a Documentary Film