When Walls Speak

Julian Rowand '15 documents San Francisco's Mission District murals.

By USF News staff, Office of Marketing Communications Posted Sun, 02/08/2015 - 16:00

A graduate student in USF’s Human Rights Education program co-directed a short documentary on the celebrated murals in San Francisco’s Mission District and helped paint one himself.

Julian Rowand ’15 co-directed These Walls Speak, a half-hour documentary that brings to life the colorful murals in Balmy Alley, the most concentrated collection of murals in the city. Artists started painting them more than 30 years ago to voice opposition to U.S. intervention in Central America and to celebrate the identity and culture of the largely Hispanic Mission District.

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