Poetic, musical indictment of institutional racism in the US
recommended by Bill T. Jones

The Just and the Blind

Marc Bamuthi Joseph, Daniel Bernard Roumain, Drew Dollaz

Why are there so many black men in American prisons? From the age of seventeen, black men in the US are no longer seen so much as racially profiled. In The Just and the Blind, spoken-word artist Marc Bamuthi Joseph addresses his son. With his poetic monologue – supported by dance, fragments from interviews, video clips, song and violin – he explores the topic of institutional racism in the US. Why does he need to warn his son that “your mission is to survive”? His words get a historical echo in sung fragments from an open letter in defence of the civil rights movement that Martin Luther King wrote while imprisoned in Birmingham, Alabama in 1963. A poignant musical indictment.

Credits

concept, text
Marc Bamuthi Joseph
music
Daniel Bernard Roumain
direction
Michael John Garcés
choreography, dance
Drew Dollaz
design projections, light
David Szlasa
journalist
Lisa Armstrong
animation
Xia Gordon
photography
Brittsense
production
Sozo Artists Inc
commissioned by
Carnegie Hall
presented as part of 2019 Create Justice Forum
production partner
Sozo Impact Fund
sponsor
Silicon Valley Community Foundation
with aid of
Ford Foundation
special thanks to
Miami Light Project