“When one commits a crime, the ripple effect impacts the life of the incarcerated individual, their family, spouse, children, victims, the family of the victims, the victims’ children and many others.

With over 2 million Americans incarcerated in prison and millions more incarcerated in juveniles, county and state jails, it’s easy to see how many people are involved when a crime is committed. This is the group I’d like to speak to the most.”

-Darius Clark Monroe, speaking with Filmmaker Magazine


On October 14 at 7PM, the Indiana University Cinema presents a free screening of EVOLUTION OF A CRIMINAL, the first documentary feature by award-winning filmmaker Darius Clark Monroe.  Monroe —  fresh off the Oct. 10th theatrical premiere in NY — will be visiting the Bloomington campus to present and discuss his autobiographical film.

In her review for IndieWire’s Shadow and Act, Nijla Mu’min writes:

Raised in a close knit, Texas home, Monroe was made aware of his family’s increasing financial struggles and debt from an early age, causing a growing frustration in him.

This mounting frustration to economic poverty is often overlooked when the popular image of a “criminal” is presented. The mainstream media wants something and someone more controversial, someone they can paint as “bad,” as a stain on society. However, the youthful realization that you don’t belong to the middle class, that your mother is struggling, and your water will get cut off, can be deeply troubling, especially for a developing mind.

And from Filmmaker Magazine, which named Monroe as one of their 25 New Faces of Independent Film:

Thirty-three-year-old Houston native Darius Clark Monroe’s feature documentary debut Evolution of a Criminal is an unflinching and unusual cinematic self-portrait, the type few directors are ever in a position to make, let alone pull off with such intimacy and panache.

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