In this excerpt from Darius Monroe’s feature-length autobiographical documentary, Evolution of a Criminal, he uncovers the events that led him to rob a bank as a teenager—convinced that it would help his financially-strained family. The film is an intimate portrayal of the guilelessness of youth: “When you’re 16 you don’t really think about that,” Monroe says. “We’re not going to hurt anyone, we’re just trying to get this money and get out.” Monroe couldn’t imagine the repercussions of his actions, and the honors student found himself facing 5 to 99 years in prison.
The full-length film is currently streaming on PBS’s website until September 11, 2015. For more information about the film, visit the Independent Lens website.