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Herman Wallace has spent more than 40 years in a 6’ x 9’ prison cell. He works with artist Jackie Sumell to imagine his "dream home," questioning justice and punishment in America.

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Filmmaker Angad Bhalla discusses difficulties of making a film about a man in solitary confinement, and the issues at the heart of Herman's House.

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Three prison architects discuss the goals of their work, the modern prison facility, and the blueprints of Herman Wallace's dream house.

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Herman Wallace, who has been in solitary confinement for over 40 years, describes his prison cell.

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Artist Jackie Sumell describes why she began The House That Herman Built.

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Herman Wallace, who has spent 41 years in solitary confinement, describes the dream house he "built" with artist Jackie Sumell.

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Herman Wallace describes the original crime that sent him to jail.

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NPR and other broadcast media provide a quick overview of Herman Wallace's case.

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A young man who befriended Herman Wallace in Angola prison describes the positive influence that Herman had on his life.

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Herman Wallace describes what he sees as the Black Panthers' greatest contribution to the black community.

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Multiple people voice their opinions on solitary confinement and whether or not Herman Wallace deserves to be there.

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Prison architects describe a brief history of solitary confinement.

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Herman Wallace describes the physical toll that solitary confinement has taken on him.

  • Updated on September 27, 2015

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Film Information

Herman's House (90 min.)

Premiere Date: July 8, 2013

Streaming Dates: Sept. 27, 2015 – Oct. 26, 2015

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Trailer: Link | Embed

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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