What These Walls Won’t Hold
Adamu Chan is the director of What These Walls Won’t Hold.
Emily Cohen Ibañez is a codirector of Sol in the Garden.
Débora Souza Silva is a codirector of Sol in the Garden.
Sol Mercado is the subject of Sol in the Garden.
Kathleen Lingo is a producer of How We Get Free.
Filmed during the coronavirus pandemic, Adamu Chan’s What These Walls Won’t Hold is not about COVID-19 but about the way the crisis brought into focus and catalyzed ongoing organizing efforts at San Quentin State Prison. Chan, who was incarcerated there, chronicles his journey home, interweaving his account with those of loved ones both inside and outside the penitentiary walls. What emerges is a tender picture of a community thriving with relationships built on trust and an indomitable zeal to fight for a brighter and better future for those incarcerated.
Sol in the Garden
Emily Cohen Ibañez, Débora Souza Silva, United States, 2023
A formerly incarcerated woman catches the sun as she nourishes a garden with her new community.
How We Get Free
Geeta Gandbhir, Samantha Knowles, United States, 2023
In Denver, an intrepid activist runs for office with the aim of eliminating cash bail.