Hidden Lives Illuminated: Film Screenings

15 Aug - 12 Sep 2019
2027 Fairmount Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19130


Digital composite of Eastern State Penitentiary’s Hidden Lives, Illuminated, 2017. Photo courtesy of Greenhouse Media.

Eastern State Penitentiary’s Hidden Lives Illuminated brings the often invisible stories of people living in prisons to light, offering a rare look inside America’s correctional system through twenty newly commissioned, animated short films created by currently incarcerated artists.

Nightly screenings are grouped into four themed weeks: “The View from Inside,” “Criminal Justice Today,” “Family and Community Impact,” and “Restorative Justice.” Concurrent programs feature presentations by scholars, community leaders, activists, artists, victims’ advocates, and elected officials.

The project culminates in a one-night festival during which all films will be screened, along with a documentary about the artists, which will play inside the historic site’s cellblocks.

Screenings are free and open to the public.