Notes from the Field
Narrated by Anna Deavere Smith / 3 hours 25 minutes
“This book was brilliant on all levels. The assortment of people who Smith interviewed, the content, the music and most of all, the acting. Smith embodies and becomes her subject. To say I was riveted was an understatement. To hear Smith become Congressman John Lewis, Bryan Stevenson and so many others is just indescribable. Read and listen to this book. It will stay with you for a long time.”Audrey, Belmont Books
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.