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Herman’s House


‘What kind of house does a man who has been imprisoned in a six-foot-by-nine-foot cell for over 30 years dream of?’ For almost 40 years Herman Wallace, a Black Panther member falsely convicted of murdering a prison guard, has been kept in a tiny cell in solitary confinement.
In 2001, when young artist and activist Jackie Sumell asked him to collaborate on an art project by imagining his ideal house, it was the beginning of an extraordinary friendship and a journey into the racialized brutality of the American justice system.


  • Video Librarian
    This remarkable documentary focuses on an unlikely yet beautiful friendship between New York artist Jackie Sumell and Herman Wallace, quite possibly the longest-serving prisoner in solitary confinement… Highly recommended.
  • Bearing News
    A powerful and riveting story that words cannot do justice.
  • The New York Times
    Powerful... Poignant.
  • Art Threat
    A unique and moving story...inventive, poetic and original.
  • The Village Voice
    Wallace’s disembodied persona is movingly revitalized... against the prospect of unhappy endings, the human spirit still strives.

Festival Participation

  • True/ False Film Festival
  • Full Frame Film Festival
  • Hot Docs
  • Mid Atlantic Black Film Fest (Virginia)
  • Best of Hot Docs Vancouver
  • Open Roof Film Fest (Toronto)
  • MOSAID South Asian Film Fest (Toronto)
  • Prescott Film Fest (Arizona)
  • San Francisco Int’l South Asian Film Fest
  • Harlem Film Festival
  • Antenna Documentary Festival
  • United Nations Association Film Festival
  • Mumbai Int’l Film Festival

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