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What These Walls Won’t Hold

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Set against the backdrop of the COVID-19 pandemic, Adamu Chan’s powerful documentary What These Walls Won’t Hold shines a light on the transformative power of love and solidarity amidst adversity at San Quentin State Prison.

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Adamu Chan


Adamu Chan is a filmmaker, writer, and community organizer from the Bay Area who was incarcerated at San Quentin State Prison during one of the largest COVID-19 outbreaks in the country. He produced numerous short films while incarcerated, using his vantage point and experience as an incarcerated person as a lens to focus the viewer’s gaze on issues related to social justice. Adamu draws inspiration and energy from the voices of those directly impacted, and seeks to empower them to reshape the narratives that have been created about them through film.

  • Year: 2022
  • Runtime: 43 minutes
  • Country: United States
  • Language: English
  • Director: Adamu Chan
  • Cast: Adamu Chan, Isabella Borgeson, Lonnie Morris, Rahsaan Thomas
  • Cinematographer: Adamu Chan
  • Co Producer: Lonnie Morris, Rahsaan Thomas, Thanh Tran, Edmond Richardson
  • Editor: Yeon Park
  • Executive Producer: Pete Nicks
  • Music: Samora Pinderhughes, Eric Abercrombie
  • Producer: Christian Lee Collins
  • Sound Design: Pat Mesiti-Miller
  • Premiere: Philadelphia

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