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17 Blocks

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United States · 2019
1h 36m
Director Davy Rothbart
Genre Documentary

Using two decades of intimate home video, the story of the Sanford family, whose struggles with addiction and gun violence, eventually leads to a journey of love, loss, and acceptance.

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The film is as intimate as it can be, but at times, feels like an invasion of privacy.


The Hollywood Reporter by Frank Scheck

Considering that it was filmed in bits and pieces over two decades, it's not surprising that 17 Blocks is disjointed in its storytelling, nor that its technical elements are ragged (subtitles are frequently employed due to poor sound quality). But it nonetheless packs a potent emotional punch.


The Playlist by Warren Cantrell

And while it’s a difficult sit sometimes, “17 Blocks” is essential viewing for anyone interested in how the confluence of race and class have codified into a sort of informal caste for an entire subsection of America’s citizenry.