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Notes from the Field

Narrated by: Anna Deavere Smith
Length: 3 hrs and 25 mins
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Anna Deavere Smith’s extraordinary form of documentary theater shines a light on injustices by portraying the real-life people who have experienced them. In Notes from the Field, she renders a host of figures who have lived and fought the system that pushes students of color out of the classroom and into prisons. (As Smith has put it: “Rich kids get mischief, poor kids get pathologized and incarcerated.”) 

Using people’s own words, culled from interviews and speeches, Smith depicts Rev. Jamal Harrison Bryant, who eulogized Freddie Gray; Niya Kenny, a high school student who confronted a violent police deputy; activist Bree Newsome, who took the Confederate flag down from the South Carolina State House grounds; and many others. Their voices bear powerful witness to a great iniquity of our time - and call us to action with their accounts of resistance and hope.

©2019 Anna Deavere Smith (P)2019 Random House Audio

Critic Reviews

“Anna Deavere Smith has created one of her most ambitious and powerful works on how matters of race continue to divide and enslave the nation.” (Variety)

“[A] masterpiece.... Smith’s powerful style of living journalism uses the collective, cathartic nature of the theater to move us from despair toward hope.” (The Village Voice

“This is captivating political theatre, a devastating document of racial inequality and the most rousing of rallying calls. Everyone should watch it.” (The Guardian

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A Tour de Force. Recommended for anyone, but especially those in healthcare, education or social services. Stories that need to be heard! Thank you!!!