Our Voices Are Rarely Heard

Cali Bondad / 05'25 / USA / 2016


This short documentary offers a visceral snapshot of how inmates survive solitary confinement. With rare access inside Pelican Bay State Prison, filmmaker Cali Bondad and reporter Gabrielle Canon captured a day-in-the-life inside one of the most notorious supermax prisons in the US. The film shows a cinematic glimpse of the personal anguish and monotony described by inmates living in long-term isolation.

Production Credits
Director / Editor: Cali Bondad
Reporter/ Producer: Gabrielle Canon
Director of Photography: Spenser Nottage
Executive Producer: Thorsten Hoppenworth
Produced by: Sister & Reddit

Director's Bio
Cali Bondad is a Director/ Editor based in San Francisco, CA. Her work yields an amazing sense of framing and rhythm. She uses bright, bold imagery and inventive camera/editing techniques to tell interesting narrative. Her style and themes are influenced by a combination of street photography and surrealism. When she's not filming personal projects, she works with brands such as The North Face, Muscle Milk, Ralph Lauren, Ben & Jerry's, and Nordstrom Rack.

Montebelo MWFilm Program II