Set against the backdrop of the COVID-19 pandemic at San Quentin State Prison, WHAT THESE WALLS WON’T HOLD, chronicles the organizing and relationships of people who came together beyond the separations created by incarceration, to respond to this crisis. Filmmaker Adamu Chan, who was incarcerated at San Quentin during the height of the COVID-19 outbreak in 2020, documents his path through incarceration and beyond.
The film is a meditation on how relationships built on trust, shared liberatory struggle, and connections across broader abolitionist organizing work can unfold into sites of resistance and radical change.
Runtime: 42 Minutes Panel Discussion: 30 Minutes
Following the screening, engage in a dynamic panelist discussion featuring activist scholars, policy advocates, and formerly incarcerated individuals, as we explore how films can help us imagine a future without prisons and the collaborative efforts needed to amplify prison abolition. Don’t miss this compelling event that highlights the power of art and activism in advocating for a more just and equitable society.
Location: Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History