Herman's House
USA/ Canada/ UK 2012, 80 min, Digital, Dir: Angad Bhalla
Screenings:
  • Friday March 15, 2013 at 9:15PM
  • Saturday March 16, 2013 at 12:45PM
  • Saturday March 16, 2013 at 7:00PM
  • Tuesday March 19, 2013 at 9:30PM
  • Wednesday March 20, 2013 at 7:00PM

Herman Wallace has spent 40 years imprisoned in solitary confinement in a six-foot-by-nine-foot cell for a crime many believe he never committed. The injustice of solitary confinement and the transformative power of art are explored in Herman’s House, a documentary that follows the unlikely friendship between Jackie Sumell a New York artist, and one of America’s most famous inmates, as they collaborate on an acclaimed art project.

“I’m not a lawyer and I’m not rich and I’m not powerful, but I’m an artist,” Jackie says. “And I knew the only way I could get (Herman) out of prison was to get him to dream.” There are 2.2 million people in jail in the U.S. More than 80,000 of those are in solitary confinement. Herman Wallace has been there longer than anyone. With compassion and meaningful artistry, Herman’s House takes us inside the lives and imaginations of two unforgettable characters–forging a friendship and building a dream in the struggle to end the “cruel and unusual punishment” of long-term solitary confinement.

The Edmonton and U of A chapter of Amnesty International will host the screening on Sat, Mar 16 @ 7PM. Please join them in the lobby prior to the film for information tables, discussion, and a letter to sign regarding Herman Wallace and the Angola 3.

DOC Talks presents the screening on Wed, March 20th @ 7PM and $2 off for Doc Alberta Members.

Rating: 14A (14A)
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