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Herman's House

HD   PG Closed Captioning

Angad Singh Bhalla

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About the Movie

Herman Wallace has spent 40 years imprisoned in solitary confinement in a six-foot-by-nine-foot cell for a crime many believe he never committed. The injustice of solitary confinement and the transformative power of art are explored in Herman's House, a feature documentary from first-time director Angad Singh Bhalla, that follows the unlikely friendship between Jackie Sumell a New York artist, and Herman Wallace, one of America's most famous inmates, as they collaborate on an acclaimed art project.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 16
  • Fresh: 14
  • Rotten: 2
  • Average Rating: 7.5/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: Although this documentary has a powerful political subtext, it is best described as a conceptual art piece about confinement, attached to a dual biography of the artist and the prisoner. – Stephen Holden, New York Times, Apr 18, 2013

Fresh: A portrait of an invisible man, Herman's House is a raised voice in the constitutional debate over solitary confinement. – John Anderson, Variety, Apr 15, 2013

Fresh: Against the prospect of unhappy endings, the human spirit still strives. – Zachary Wigon, Village Voice, Apr 16, 2013

Fresh: The contrasting demeanors of its two main characters give Herman's House its spark, but the movie has some pungent moments without them. – Mark Jenkins, NPR, Apr 18, 2013

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Customer Reviews


This film is a moving account of the psychological effects of solitary confinement.

A Winner!

'Herman's House' is an emotional watch, and an absolute winner! The doc avoids being heavy-handed, and Bhalla's insight focusing on artist/activist Jackie Sumell's hard work isn't self-indulgent.

Bhalla also doesn't tell the audience how to feel. The filmmaker allows ideas to flesh out on their own.

Please, see this film.

Herman's House
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  • $19.99
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Released: 2013

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