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'Dirt' and 'Two Cities': Complex ruminations on violence and race

'Dirt' and 'Two Cities': Complex ruminations on violence and race

A highlight of 2014's Maryland Film Festival was Darius Clark Monroe's "Evolution of a Criminal," a beguiling documentary that looked to Monroe's own life—when he was 16, he robbed a bank with a few friends and did three years for the robbery—in order to explore youth recklessness, personal responsibility, desperation, forgiveness, and change. Mixing the popular filmmaker-as-subject documentary approach with stylish recreations of real events and daring scenes in which Munroe approaches some of those traumatized by the bank robbery as both filmmaker and (on that fateful day, at least) perpetrator, "Evolution of a Criminal" introduced...

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