17 Blocks

2019 | USA | NR | 96 min.
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Central High School Auditorium Thu, Aug 1, 2019 6:00 PM
Film Info
Release Year:2019
Runtime:96 min.
Production Country:USA
Original Language:English
Cast/Crew Info
Director:Davy Rothbart
Produced by:Alex Turtletaub
Michael B. Clark
Marc Turtletaub
Rachel Dengiz
Davy Rothbart
Screenwriter:Jennifer Tiexiera
Cinematography:Zachary Shields
Editing By:Jennifer Tiexiera
Cast:Cheryl Sanford
Emmanuel Durant
Akil "Smurf" Sanford
Denice Sanford-Durant
Justin Sanford
Carmen Payne


You wouldn’t expect extreme hardship a mere 17 blocks from the US Capitol, but the Sanford family, who live just under a mile away from the vaunted halls of power, struggle with epidemics of poverty, addiction, and gun violence that most of us could never understand. Emmanuel Sanford began documenting his life via camcorder at only nine years old back in 1999, following a chance meeting with Michigan filmmaker Davy Rothbart (founder of FOUND Magazine and frequent contributor to This American Life). This film is a result of Rothbart's incredibly unique 20-year collaboration with the family. Assembling the footage into an intimate portrait of a family struggling to survive, you get a raw glimpse into their joys, sorrows, and unexpected tragedies and come to see a family bonded by love and brave enough to share their story with the world. In Person: Director Davy Rothbart and the Sanford Family.