The critically acclaimed documentary by Darius Clark Monroe is coming to ITVS Community Cinema in November. Monroe will join the Busboys and Poets post-screening discussion via Skype with additional guests including Charles Thornton, director for the District of Columbia’s Office on Returning Citizen Affairs (ORCA), Lashonia Etheridge-Bey, Community Service Program Specialist (ORCA), and Stuart Anderson, Founder and Director, Family & Friends of Incarcerated People (FFOIP). Sunday, November 23 at Busboys and Poets (Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital will present a screening Friday, November 7).d
A native of Houston, Texas, Darius Clark Monroe had a happy childhood with his mother, stepfather, and close-knit extended family. However, as he grew older and saw his parents struggling to make ends meet, Monroe’s vision of the world changed: “I went from being a carefree and joyous child to becoming acutely aware of the fact that the world was not as I saw it. And the burden that my parents had was slowly trickling down to me.” Placing his own culpability at the heart of the story, Monroe pulls no punches, using dramatized scenes of the bank robbery to capture the tragically bad decisions he and his friends made, and to bring home the terror of those they held at gunpoint. More than just a tale of a good kid gone wrong, Evolution of a Criminal is filled with compassion for human frailty and the knowledge that a person is not forever defined by their mistakes.
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