2019 emmy | exceptional merit - documentary filmmaking

A searing look at the consequences of mandatory minimum sentencing, The Sentence is the first film from Rudy Valdez, who tells the story of his sister Cindy Shank. A mother of three, Shank received a 15-year mandatory sentence for conspiracy charges related to her deceased ex-boyfriend’s crimes. Read More

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What She Left Behind

Get a glimpse into Cindy's life with her husband and their three daughters before she was arrested.

‘I’ve Lost Track of Time’

Cindy's mom reflects on the difficulty of waiting for her daughter to return home from prison.

Memories of Mom

Cindy's young daughters remember — or try to remember — what it was like living with their mom.



Continuing the Conversation

The director and subject of The Sentence get candid about their hopes for the impact of the film.

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