Documentary filmmaker Bhalla will promote his film, Herman’s House, which examines the injustice of solitary confinement. The film explores the remarkable, creative journey and friendship between artist Jackie Sumell and Herman Wallace, a man who has spent 40 years in solitary confinement, longer than anyone in the history of the American penal system.
Bhalla’s first independent project, U.A.I.L. Go Back, was used widely as an organizing tool to successfully pressure a multinational corporation to withdraw from a project in rural India that would have exacted a tremendous human and environmental toll on the community. His short documentary on the lives of Indian street artists, Writings on the Wall, was broadcast nationally on Canada’s Bravo! Network, India’s NDTV, and internationally on Al Jazeera English. He also contributed to the editing of Families Under Threat, a documentary short produced for the Center For Constitutional Rights, and Tootie’s Last Suit, which was screened at the Tribeca Film Festival. He is a graduate of Stanford University.