Creative Team

Conceived and written by
Marc Bamuthi Joseph

Original musical score by
Daniel Bernard Roumain

Produced by
Rika Iino
Melissa Higgins

Collaborators - Live Show
Michael John Garcés
Drew Dollaz
David Szlasa
Lisa Armstrong
Xia Gordon

Collaborators - Film
Yoram Savion
Benjamin Tarquin
YAK Films


Poignant and pressing, The Just and the Blind illuminates the unseen and under-heard experiences of incarcerated youth and the realities their families face. 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 that are enmeshed in it.

The Just and the Blind is a short film series and an evening length multimedia performance, tracing the diasporic journey through poetry, music, movement and visuals, which form the basis of for a curriculum designed for fathers and sons separated by prison bars.

Quotes and Accolades

...It was the raw, cry from the soul new work, ‘The Just and the Blind,’ that has stayed with me. The work is driven by Mr. Joseph’s stinging, brilliant words and is structured as a series of vignettes.
— The New York Times
Raise a fist up for our youth, or throw your hands up, like an innocent alleluia, like a boy in Ferguson gone too soon…
— Marc Bamuthi Joseph
There’s a riveting, terrifying beauty to The Just and the Blind that is deeply affecting. The intimacy the performers achieved was unusually effective in galvanizing the artists and the audience, and setting the stage for dialogue. The space you created and inspired for conversation was powerful and transformational. 
— Garth Ross, Yale Schwarzman Center