Herman's House is a moving account of an unusual project proposed by artist Jackie Sumell to build a home for Herman Wallace, who was one of the "Angola 3" prisoners locked up for more than 40 years in a 6-by-9-foot cell in solitary confinement in Louisiana.
Herman Wallace might have been the longest serving prisoner in solitary confinement in the United States. He died of cancer just two days after the judge ordered his release from Angola Prison never realizing Jackie Surnell's dream, but feeling the taste of freedom in the final moments of his life.
This documentary was directed by the first-time director Angad Singh Bhalla. Mr. Bhalla specializes in film projects that highlight rarely heard voices. After spending months with Indian villagers who had been resisting a mining project backed by the Canadian company Alcan, he produced his first independent project, U.A.I.L. Go Back, which was used widely as an organizing tool in the campaign against the project. Mr. Bhalla has since worked on videos for such organizations as Human Rights Watch and several labor unions. His short documentary on the lives of Indian street artists, Writings on the Wall, garnered awards at the WorldFest-Houston International Film Festival and the Columbus Film + Video Festival. It was broadcast nationally on Canada’s Bravo network and India’s NDTV and internationally on Al Jazeera English. Herman’s House is Bhalla’s first feature documentary. When not making films, he works as a community organizer within faith communities.
The movie will be shown at 6:00 p.m., with a question and answer segment starting afterwards.
@ Laura's Library on Wednesday, January 22 at 6:00 p.m.