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Stories of Life in Solitary Confinement

Filmmaker Cali Bondad and reporter Gabrielle Canon captured the voices of inmates from the Pelican Bay State Prison’s Security Housing Unit (S.H.U.), a supermax security prison located in Del Norte County, California. With rare access, we hear inmates' experiences in the facility. This short documentary, produced by Sister, and article published by Canon on Medium offer a visceral snapshot at how inmates live day by day in solitary confinement.

The Short Film Showcase spotlights exceptional short videos created by filmmakers from around the world and selected by National Geographic editors. We look for work that affirms National Geographic's belief in the power of science, exploration, and storytelling to change the world. To submit a film for consideration, please email sfs@natgeo.com. The filmmakers created the content presented, and the opinions expressed are their own, not those of National Geographic Partners.