Herman's House

Herman's House

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In the United States, there are 2.2 million people in jail. More than 80,000 of those are in solitary confinement. Herman Wallace has been there longer than anyone. In 1972, New Orleans native Herman Joshua Wallace was serving a 25-year sentence for bank robbery when he was accused of murdering an Angola Prison guard and thrown into solitary confinement. Many believed him wrongfully convicted. Appeals were made but Herman remained in jail and-to increasingly widespread outrage-in solitary. Years passed with one day much like the next. Then in 2001 Herman received a perspective-shifting letter from a Jackie Sumell, a young art student, who posed the provocative question: "What kind of house does a man who has lived in a six-foot-by-nine-foot cell for over 30 years dream of " Thus began an inspired creative dialogue, unfolding over hundreds of letters and phone calls and yielding a multi-faceted collaborative project that includes the exhibition "The House That Herman Built." 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.
Publisher: [United States] : First Run Features : Made available through hoopla, 2013.
Branch Call Number: eVideo hoopla
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 video file (ca. 81 min.)) : sd., col.

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wiredonjava
Oct 16, 2015

80,000 prisoners in solitary confinement from 2.3 million incarcerated in USA. Quite the industry!

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ms_mustard
Sep 03, 2015

good doc of a very sad, inhumane situation. revenge of the state is not easy listening. Jackie's activist art projects - the isolation cell and the model for Herman's house - are fascinating.

sdml6 Oct 26, 2014

I found this very interesting & worth watching. Glad I came across it. I recommend others watch it.

anitabean Feb 14, 2014

This is an extraordinary documentary. I as astounded to see what inhumane conditions those prisoners confined to solitary must endure. It really is akin to torture to keep a person in a 6x9' cell for literally DECADES. The relationship that develops between the artist and prisoner is deeply touching and carries the film. I highly recommend this movie.

aaa5756 Sep 08, 2013

It was O.K for a home TV movie. I was entertained and interesting. But it was NOT worth the long library wait or the price to rent from a Red Box. I fast forwarded a lot but not all the way.

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