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The injustice of solitary confinement and the transformative power of art are explored in this film that follows the unlikely friendship between a New York artist and a long-time Angola inmate as they collaborate on an acclaimed art project.

n 1972, New Orleans native Herman 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. 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 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 yielding art and friendship.

The filmmaker will attend the screening.

At AcA Sat. Jan. 26th at 2:45 pm. $5.
Angad Bhalla
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