Evolution of a Criminal

Evolution of a Criminal
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In November 2015, WSIU held a screening of the film
Evolution of a Criminal. The screening was followed by a discussion panel featuringNajjar Abdul-Musawwir, Associate Professor, SIU School of Art & Design andChristopher Mullins, SIU Associate Professor, Criminology & Criminal Justice.


Years ago, 16-year-old honor student Darius Clark Monroe was arrestedfor robbing a Bank of America. In Evolution of a Criminal, Monroe explores what led him to pull a heist as a teenager in Texas, and returns to the scene of the crime. By interviewing family members, close friends, and mentors, we learn about his transformation from a joyous childhood to the moment he realized the severity of his family’s financial problems, and how their struggles changed his outlook on his own life. Returning to his neighborhood several years after the crime, Monroe creates an incredibly intimate and personal journey of reflection and forgiveness while beautifully examining lower class struggles, the desperation of a teen under pressure, and the emotional impact that rippled in the aftermath of that day.


We had a full house and a powerful discussion after the film, Evolution of a Criminal, during the Community Cinema event Saturday, November 15 at the Carbondale Public Library. Thank you to our moderators and the public for their support of this event. Our events, just like our programming, really are powered by you!

Evolution of a Criminal Film Screening