Poignant and pressing, The Just and The Blind illuminates the unseen and under-heard experiences of incarcerated youth and the realities their families face. Spoken word artist and arts activist Marc Bamuthi Joseph (BAMUTHI) joins forces with long-time collaborator composer/violinist Daniel Bernard Roumain (DBR) and street dance pioneer & choreographer Drew Dollaz to explore themes of racial profiling, sentencing and the prison-industrial complex from the perspective of fathers of Black and Brown children.
Centered on the humanity of the historically marginalized, The Just and The Blind provides a framework for the unique voices of the community, striving to humanize the Black and Brown children who are enmeshed in it.
The Just and the Blind was commissioned by Carnegie Hall and presented as part of the 2019 Create Justice Forum.
The Just and the Blind is produced by Rika Iino & Melissa Higgins (Sozo Artists, Inc.), in partnership with the Sozo Impact Fund and its fiscal sponsor, Silicon Valley Community Foundation, with support from Ford Foundation. Special thanks to Miami Light Project.
Marc Bamuthi Joseph, Spoken Word
Daniel Bernard Roumain, Violin/Piano/Electronics
Drew Dollaz, Choreographer/Dancer
Rika Iino, Producer
Melissa Higgins, Producer
Photo by Fadi Kheir