Herman Wallace is one of more than 80,000 people kept in solitary confinement throughout the American prison system. Sentenced to Louisiana’s “Angola” Penitentiary in 1967 for bank robbery, Herman joined the Black Panther movement while incarcerated. In 1972, he was convicted—and, many believe, framed—for murdering a prison guard; he’s been in solitary confinement ever since. Today, Herman has spent more time in solitary than anyone in the history of American prisons.Herman’s House follows the creative collaboration between Herman and artist Jackie Sumell as they work together to build the dream home Herman imagines from within the 6’x9’ cell where he’s lived for 40 years. Their unlikely friendship spotlights the injustices of a penal system that demonizes and brutally punishes those irrationally deemed unfit for rehabilitation.Uniting compassion, anger and art, Herman’s House reveals the shared struggle of two people working to end the “cruel and unusual punishment” of longterm solitary confinement.
Canadian filmmaker Angad Singh Bhalla, is a director passionate about using media as a tool for social change. His film U.A.I.L. Go Back, was used widely as an organizing tool and helped pressure the Canadian company Alcan to end its involvement in a project in India. His awardwinning short on the lives of Indian street artists, Writings on the Wall was broadcast on PBS, Canada’s Bravo!, and Al Jazeera English. Herman's House is his first feature documentary. Bhalla has produced work for labor unions, Human Rights Watch and The Center for Constitutional Rights. He is also a community organizer for immigrant rights and an editor on broadcast documentaries.
Date: Saturday June 15, 2013
Location: Eundeok Cultural Center