17 Blocks

Davy Rothbart
Documentary Features
Running Time:96:00 minutes
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Director: Davy Rothbart
Writer: Jennifer Teixeira
Producer: Alex Turtletaub, Michael Clark, Marc Turtletaub, Rachel Dengiz

In 1999, nine-year-old Emmanuel Durant and his family began filming their daily lives in America’s most dangerous neighborhood — just 17 blocks behind the U.S. Capitol. They’ve been filming ever since. Spanning two decades, 17 BLOCKS illuminates a nation’s ongoing crisis through one family’s raw, stirring, and deeply personal saga.


Davy Rothbart is an Emmy Award-winning filmmaker, bestselling author and journalist, frequent contributor to public radio’s This American Life, and the creator of Found Magazine. Rothbart previously directed two documentaries about the activist band Rise Against, which became best-selling DVDs in the U.S., Canada, Germany, and Sweden. A separate short film featuring Rise Against’s song “Make It Stop” was created for Dan Savage’s ItGetsBetter project and later won an MTV Music Video Award.