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3rd Annual BlackStar Film Festival

Evolution of a Criminal

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Sunday 8/3
12:45 pm
$10 General Public
$7 Students & Seniors
$5 IHP Members

FOR FILMS AND EVENTS PRESENTED BY IHP, Tickets ARE Also Available From the IHP Box Office, which is normally open Tue-Sat from noon-8pm (or, for events outside of those times, from one hour before until one hour after the scheduled starting time).  
call 215.895.6590. 

USA, 2014, 83 min.

Dir. Darius Clark Monroe


Philadelphia Premiere


After seeing his mother and stepfather struggle to make ends meet while living outside of Houston, Texas, 16-year-old Darius Clark Monroe decides to help them by robbing a bank. In this autobiographical film, Monroe interviews his family members, close friends and mentors who recount his transformation from a happy kid to the moment he changed his outlook on society and his life as a whole. Returning to his neighborhood several years after the crime, Monroe presents an affecting examination of class struggles, a touching portrait of reflection and forgiveness, and an intimate story of the impact and aftermath of his crucial decision.


Q&A w/Darius Clark Monroe


The 2014 BlackStar Film Festival is made possible in part due to generous support from the Knight Foundation, Lomax Family Foundation, PECO, Visit Philadelphia/Philly 360°, Wyncote Foundation, The Philadelphia Foundation, School of Social Policy & Practice at Penn, Community Council Health Systems, Leeway Foundation, Miller-Worley Foundation, Multicultural Affairs Congress, Skai Blue Media, Red Bull, Aqua Energy, Marcellus Shale Coalition, Mazzoni Center, La Colombe, Spodee, Uber, and individual donors; and in partnership with Institute of Contemporary Art Philadelphia, International House,  Scribe Video Center, World Cafe Live, Center for Africana Studies at UPenn, Okayplayer, Black&Sexy TV, Little Giant Media, i-g Creative, and Reelblack.