S.F. DOCFEST—“HERMAN’S HOUSE,” “ANN RICHARDS’ TEXAS,” “BIG BOYS GONE BANANAS!*,” “THE HUMAN FACTOR”Peter Wongbyline‚ Nov. 08‚ 2012
What sort of house would a man stuck in solitary confinement for over thirty years dream of? That intriguing question forms the kernel of Angad Bhalla’s touching documentary “Herman’s House.”
Jackie is a rebellious political artist from Long Island. Herman has lived over three decades in solitary confinement in Louisiana’s notorious Angola Prison. The artist decides to help the prisoner mentally liberate himself from his confinement by asking him to describe his dream house. Herman’s answer sparks an unusual friendship between these two people from disparate backgrounds.