'What kind of house does a man who has been imprisoned in a six-foot-by-nine-foot cell for over 30 years dream of?' This film captures the remarkable creative journey and friendship of ... See full summary »
'What kind of house does a man who has been imprisoned in a six-foot-by-nine-foot cell for over 30 years dream of?' This film captures the remarkable creative journey and friendship of Herman Wallace, one of the Angola 3, and artist Jackie Sumell while examining the injustice of prolonged solitary confinement. Written by
The abuse of solitary confinement in our prison system -- its misuse as a method to punish rather than to protect and rehabilitate prisoners -- has been given far too little media attention in the United States. "Herman's House" steps into this media vacuum by bringing one of the most notorious cases of indefinite solitary confinement into sharper focus. How could someone like Herman Wallace be kept alone in a 6' x 9' cell for decades... how is this level of severity even possible under our constitution? Given that psychological studies equate solitary confinement with torture, Wallace's 23 hours of solitary each day for 40 years is a monumental level of barbarity -- an abject failure by the American criminal justice system.
"Herman's House" also provides a moving illustration of how provocative and important art can flourish even under the most adverse circumstances. This is a must-see film for anyone interested in social justice, criminal justice or how the creative process can be used to reflect on the misapplication of justice in our society. It is also the moving story of one of the most unlikely and beautiful artistic collaborations one could imagine.
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