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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CLIP1:39
What She Left Behind

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

CLIP0:58
‘I’ve Lost Track of Time’

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

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Memories of Mom

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

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Interview
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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