Written and directed by Angad Bhalla and Ted Biggs (Storyline Entertainment), and produced by Anita Lee for the National Film Board of Canada.
An interactive encounter with one of America’s most renowned political prisoners, The Deeper They Bury Me plunges users into the universe of Black Panther activist Herman Wallace, who was held in solitary for over 40 years at Louisiana’s notorious Angola penitentiary. Within the time allotted for a prison phone call—20 precious minutes—users navigate between his tiny cell and his dream of freedom, a fantasy home he envisions through a collaborative art project with artist Jackie Sumell. Sparse, poetic animation evokes his segregated New Orleans childhood and his courageous efforts to build community within a prison system that keeps over 2.3 million citizens behind bars. Join the creators of this compelling portrait of defiance for an immersive live presentation of the interactive experience and a panel discussion featuring leading activists and thinkers.
This event features a performance by actor Malik Yoba followed by a panel discussion.
Harry Belafonte – Actor, Activist
Steven Hawkins – Amnesty International USA
Thenjiwe McHarris – US Human Rights Network
Frank Greene – Prison Architect
Presented in collaboration with Sankofa.org and the National Film Board of Canada.