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Herman’s House

Directed by Angad Singh Bhalla
National PBS Premiere on POV
Monday, July 8 at 10 PM

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Herman Wallace may be the longest–serving prisoner in solitary confinement in the United States—he’s spent more than 40 years in a 6–by–9–foot cell in Louisiana. Imprisoned in 1967 for a robbery he admits, he was subsequently sentenced to life for a killing he vehemently denies. Herman’s House is a moving account of the remarkable expression his struggle found in an unusual project proposed by artist Jackie Sumell. Imagining Wallace’s "dream home" began as a game and became an interrogation of justice and punishment in America. The film takes us inside the duo’s unlikely 12–year friendship, revealing the transformative power of art. A co–presentation with the Center for Asian American Media (CAAM).

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POV has the honor of receiving a 2013 MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Institutions. Major funding for POV is provided by PBS, The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, New York State Council on the Arts, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, the desJardins/Blachman Fund and public television viewers. Funding for POV's Diverse Voices Project is provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Special support provided by The Fledgling Fund and the Lucius and Eva Eastman Fund. POV is presented by a consortium of public television stations, including KQED San Francisco, WGBH Boston and THIRTEEN in association with WNET.ORG.

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