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Herman's House

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PBS Premiere: July 8, 2013


Herman Wallace may be the longest-serving prisoner in solitary confinement in the United States — he's spent more than 40 years in a 6-by-9-foot cell in Louisiana. Imprisoned in 1967 for a robbery he admits, he was subsequently sentenced to life for a killing he vehemently denies. Herman's House is a moving account of the remarkable expression his struggle found in an unusual project proposed by artist Jackie Sumell. Imagining Wallace's "dream home" began as a game and became an interrogation of justice and punishment in America. The film takes us inside the duo's unlikely 12-year friendship, revealing the transformative power of art. A co-presentation with the Center for Asian American Media (CAAM).

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Herman's House (90 min.)

Premiere Date: July 8, 2013

Streaming Dates: Expired

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Filmmaker: Angad Singh Bhalla Bio | Interview | Statement

Press: Press Release Fact Sheet | Critical Acclaim | 2014 Emmy Nominations Press Release


Angad Singh Bhalla
Angad Singh Bhalla

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Critical Acclaim

A powerful political subtext...[A] conceptual art piece about confinement, attached to a dual biography of the artist and the prisoner. [Herman] Wallace...grounds this eccentric, often poignant film in an attitude of common sense and stoicism.

—Stephen Holden, The New York Times

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